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My daughter started showing some interest in dolls around her first birthday and would carry around some of her older female cousin's dolls when at her grandparents house where they are kept. It was after seeing this that I thought my daughter would like a pram from 'Santa' but I didn't want one that was too fancy, as she doesn't have the imagination yet to do that much with it, but secondly, I knew as she got older, if she continued to show interest in dolls, she would want a fancy pram and that would be the time to get it for her. Back in the Autumn Argos were doing a 3 for 2 toy event and I decided to get my daughter some of her Santa presents early and avail of the deal. It was in Argos that I saw this Chad Valley My First Dolls Pram, which retails at £16.99, which I think is a fair price for the size and quality of the item.
This pram has been designed for children from 3 years plus, which I think is ridiculous. My daughter was 16 months old at Christmas and this was firstly, the perfect height for her to push around, and secondly, there is nothing that I can see that is of danger to a younger child. My daughter already had a little buggy for her couple of dolls, but it was a bit flimsy, and this is certainly much sturdier for her. SHe would really have to be putting down her full weight to tip it, and this has yet to happen, and I wouldn't say she is always gentle on it!
The frame of this pram is a tubular steel style, and it was my husband who set it up for my daughter on Christmas morning, very quickly and without any hassle. It really was only a matter of setting up the frame and adding the wheels. The pram has material on the inside of the bed part, and on the hood, which can be pulled up or placed down and is easy enough for small hands to move. The material is pink with a yellow and pink flower design and I wouldn't say it is the most luxurious of style or material, but then again, given the price, it is hardly to be expected and also given how rough a young child can be with their toys at times, it wouldn't make sense for a first pram to have the best material - better kept for when they are older and wiser!
This pram does not come with a doll, but is suitable for dolls up to 40cm. My daughter had a couple of small dolls, which although perfect for her little buggy, I thought might look unsuitable in this bigger pram, so I actually purchased the Chad Valley first doll which goes perfectly in this pram.
As I said, this is a perfect size for my little girl and when her daddy had it set up on CHristmas morning, she pushed it around the house with a big smile on her face and we knew we had picked a good toy! I like the fact that the handle has an added gripped texture, meaning she can hold on to it better as she pushes.
My daughter is only really getting into dolls now, giving her dolly a bottle of milk, and taking her for a walk etc but this pram has proved to be a great hit, and I think it is a brilliant pram for the price and as a first pram. I'm sure she will want something fancier when she is bigger but by that stage she will have more imagination to play with her dolls and therefore worth spending more money at that time. At this young stage this is ideal.
For my daughters first birthday as she was just on her feet we decided to buy her a pushchair as she was always putting her dollies in her own so we knew she would love it. With her being so young we were looking for something that was well made but not too expensive and as we have had good experiences with Chad valley before we decided on this one.
The pushchair comes n a medium size box and does need some assembly but not a lot. The main frame is already built but you do need to add the wheels and pram seat which is easy to do and only takes 5 minutes at the most.
As the frame is made of metal it is really sturdy which means it can take knocks and bangs and still work perfect which when you have an 18 month old child using it is essential as although my daughter was an early walker she is still really clumsy on her feet like mummy.
The ,material of the pram although a little thin is actually really well made I was a little worried as the picture in the Argos magazine makes it look a little dated but it is much nicer in person than in the catalogue. It has butterflies all over it which my daughter loves and the pink and yellow colours are her favourite bright fun and attractive.
The wheels are a nice size and although they are rather soft this is great as in our old house we had wooden flooring which meant there was no scratches and no irritating noise from them no matter how much she runs around with it. The wheels are durable at the same time they have been used indoors and out and only have a few scuffs on them nothing that affects the use of the pram just cosmetically.
The pram is very minimal there are no extras like a basket underneath and the material is very thin but this makes it extremely lightweights and ideal for toddlers just what you need for a first pram. It can be easily pushed around by small children and yet is very durable at the same time.
There is a foam bar on the handles to provide extra grip for little one which is great especially for young children just on their feet as it provides a little extra support for them while pushing the pram.
We have found most dolly's fit ok in this pram apart from some of her bigger ones they can be sat up in there but they do nearly fall out so she prefers to stick to her smaller ones like her fisher price first doll as these fit nicely in it.
This pram can also be folded down by simply lifting off the 2 catches at the side my daughter was not able to do this so I had no worry of her closing it on her fingers but my son who is a little older figured out what to do and on a few occasions managed to fold it down. Although there is nothing immediately sticking out that can hurt little ones fingers obviously it is still a bit of a worry as with any folding mechanism there is a chance little one can hurt themselves.
When folded the pram is not exactly huge but still takes up a little storage space but it is nice to have the option for the rare occasion my little girl was not playing with it.
The material that makes up the seat of the pushchair is wipe clean only which can become mucky after a year of use by a toddlers finger marks all over it we find it tough to remove them but a little soap water and elbow grease and it comes up acceptable.
The downside to this pram is the size really although it is suggested from 3 years of age my daughter has had this since she was one and it was the perfect size for her at around 18 months old. Now she is 3 she has received a new push chair as unfortunately although this pram is still in excellent condition she has just grown too tall for it.
Over all I would definitely recommend this pram especially as a child's first one. It is lightweight but very durable and although it is small for the recommend age range I would say this would be perfect for 2 -3 year old children. It is bright colourful and fun for any little girl and I am sure ours will come back out of storage for expected baby when she is old enough. It retails at around £15 although is on offer a lot so best to shop around.
My daughter loves her dolls and cuddly toys and uses anything on wheels to push them around the house. We therefore asked for a toy buggy for her for Christmas and were lucky enough to be given the Chad Valley My First Dolls' Pram. My daughter received this when she was 17 months old.
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The pram came flat packed in a cardboard box with instructions for setting it up and using it. The main thing we had to do to set it up was attach the wheels which only took about 5 minutes. It was then just a matter of unfolding it and putting the safety catches on and lifting the hood.
The pram is made of a tubular steel folding framewith pink material with yellow butterflies and has pink and yellow wheels. It has a yellow pad along the handle which makes it easier to hold and is safer for when they fall over onto it. It also has a hood that can be folded down, and a matching cover that can be attached to the pram using velcro. It is supposed to be suitable for dolls up to 40cm in length.
As soon as my daughter saw this she had her arms out for it. She was very excited to see it being put together and as soon as it was finished she'd got dolly in it and was pushing it around the room. She really enjoyed playing with it putting the hood up and taking it down and taking dolly out of it, putting her back in and covering her with the little blanket. She does get a bit annoyed with the pram when she's pushing it around as she walks into furniture and dowsn't realise she can walk backwards so will keep telling me she's 'stuck' which gets a bit annoying after a while!
I really like this pram. It is just the right size for my daughter to push around easily and is not too heavy for her to push. I've watched her play with buggies before and these are often not suitable because they are too tall for her so they fall backwards while she is pushing them and they smack her in the face. This is much safer for her and I am happy for her to run around the house pushing dolly and giraffe in it.
It is supposed to be suitable for children aged 3 and over but I am perfectly happy for my daughter to have this. Obviously it would not be suitable until a child was able to walk on their own securely as it is not sturdy enough to act as a walker. My only issue with the pram is the safety catch to stop it folding up. It has a metal catch that goes over the poles on either side to hold it up and then plastic bits slide down over the ends of the poles to make them safe. Unfortunately my daughter has worked out how to pull these up and frequently does, so the pram has folded up a couple of times. Luckily there are no sharp parts that will cause damage if fingers are trapped. She has now worked out though how to unfold it again and put the metal catches over so hopefully she'll realise what they're for soon.
I think this is a great first pram for young children. I would probably recommend it for children of 2 and over who are confident walkersto push their dollies and toys around in. My daughter loves taking it for walks around the house and I can see this being used for a long time to come. The fact that it folds means it can be stored easily and carried in the car when we go visiting. It costs around £15 which I think is good value for the fun and use we get from this and I would recommend this to others.