“ Brand: Graco / Type: Doll Accessories „
This was bought for my daughter for Christmas 2008 when she was just over one. Although a little young I knew she would grow into prams and dolls within the year so I put it away for 6 months. I brought it out again once she was walking well on her own, I didn't want her to have the pram or pushchair before then because it wouldn't have supported her pulling and leaning on it. This set includes a pram, buggy, carrycot, highchair, 2x bags, doll and carrier, car seat, and travel cot and retails around £40.00.
The pram itself is very nice and sturdy. I particularly like the adjustable handle that will adapt and grow as my daughter gets bigger and that it reclines and sits up. It fits a couple of dolls in and has even taken the weight of my two year old being pushed around by her brother - this seems to be the favoured mode of play at the moment. The main problem with this is storage; although it folds flat it is still bulky and takes up quite a lot of room in the cupboard.
The buggy folds up in an umbrella style, but is hardly played with in our house above the pram. It is flimsy and the material is starting to fray around the edges.
The travel cot is a waste of time, the legs are metal and slot in, but every time it gets lifted or moved they fall out. This never comes out of the box anymore.
The highchair is ok, again not great quality. The baby fits in but there is nothing to support her so she doesn't sit up very well.
The carrier is no use what so ever. Whenever it's on my daughters back the baby flops forward and falls out.
Overall, I'm really pleased with the pram but the rest will probably end up in the bin in the near future. I think the other items have only been added to make people think they are getting more for their money than buying a pram on its own. My advice would be do just that, buy a nice pram at around £30.00 and save a tenner because the extra items really aren't worth it.
On my daughters third birthday last November, we brought her the Graco Deluxe Travel set. We chose Graco because I had a full size Graco travel system when my son was born and found it to be extremely durable; therefore I assumed the same would be said of the toy version. She was over the moon when she unwrapped it and we had to start putting it all together sharpish in order to let her try it out.
We began by putting the pram frame together and all that really needed doing here was the wheels clicking into place on the axle and the various footrests etc being connected. The latter was easy enough but the wheels needed my husbands force behind them before the last one would click into place. It was extremely stubborn and very difficult to click in, and for this reason I think it would have been extremely hard for someone not as strong to do it if they were on their own.
Everything else went easily enough as far as assembly was concerned and my daughter has now had this set for nearly a year. There have been a few problems along the way which I will go into later on but on the whole she has had a lot of enjoyment out of it. It ended up with only three stars from me because it was just average in terms of play quality. I could have purchased a different pram, on its own rather than part of a set, for a cheaper amount and my daughter would have been just as happy.
I say the above because we experienced a few problems with the other items in the set. The main area was with the highchair/car seat. Basically with this part you get a car seat for a doll, and this can then be fixed to an A frame to become a high chair. Unfortunately it was neither sturdy enough nor big enough to accommodate most of my daughters dolls and even the doll which came with the set was too big for the high chair really. The main reason it fell short was due to the weakness of the tray. It was a simple slot in mechanism that connects the tray to the chair and it was not deep enough to serve as a tray and a restrictor. It should have held the doll in place so it could be fed etc but this simply did not happen. It also disappointed in the actual connection of the chair to the frame. Again it was a slot type of connection and if the doll was slightly too heavy it would fall off the frame all too easily. The car seat was soon relegated to the back of the wardrobe and my daughter concentrated on the pram and travel cot.
The frame of the high chair could also be used a the frame to hang the cradle part of the pram, like a swing if you like but this was even more exasperating than the high chair fiasco. The strap that is attached to the cradle and which is supposed to be used to attach it to the frame was at such a strange angle around the cradle that we just could not work out how it was meant to go. We are not stupid people and in the end we simply gave up, as there was no logic to how this should attach on, without the cradle hanging at strange angles. Again the cradle was hardly used after this initial episode, even in the pram, as my daughter just preferred to use it as a pushchair.
The pushchair itself has been pretty good value for money. It is a toy version of the four wheeler and has all the same detail as the proper one. All the clip on foot rests and play trays are durable and sturdy and the clips to attach them to the main frame of the buggy are strong and secure which was pleasing. I particularly like the tray for the person pushing the buggy, attaching to the handles. This was so handy when I had my real version and my daughter likes it just as much for her babys bottles etc.
The basket is spacious underneath and quite secure as well. This is usually full of other various toys that my daughter wants to bring along wherever we are going, and we have never had any problems with the Velcro securing the basket to the frame coming undone.
The one thing I have found annoying with the buggy is the seat back. It is a little too loose for my liking. It operates on a simple push/pull mechanism to have it either sitting up or laying down flat, and a host of other positions in between. However I have found that invariably it ends up in the laying down position once a doll has been placed in the seat and think that the device used to operate this could have benefited from a slightly tighter detail.
The swivel wheels on the front of the buggy are good when you are walking slowly, they move in the direction you are going and emulate real life swivel wheels, however if we are walking a little bit faster than normal or running (late for school!) the wheels simply crash round and round o each other instead of going in a straight line. This is a real shame and a real let down for an otherwise very good toy buggy.
Lastly the carrycot portion that is meant to fit into the buggy seat area to convert it into a pram rather than a pushchair is not as solid as I would like. It collapses down into a tote bag and for this reason the sides are hinged with material and the fold in on themselves, then open out and fix into pace with Velcro. This is just not sturdy enough and the sides frequently fall in on the doll. Not really adequate enough to have as a pram, coupled with the fact that to have the carrycot portion in means you have to take the front tray off and you have a slippery sliding carrycot that will fall off completely if your child pushes too fast.
Overall I am happy with the buggy despite the problems I have described, however I would not recommend this set due to the rest of the items in it being less than satisfactory. I wish we had purchased another buggy as a toy on its own rather than the set as it was a waste of money in terms of value. I paid £40 for the set from Argos and think I could have paid £30 for a Baby Annabelle pram on its own, which my daughter would have preferred as it is pink and not red like the Graco. Incidentally, the Graco buggy is big enough to accommodate a Baby Annabelle doll if you wanted an idea of space inside.
Despite all this I will still give the set three stars, as we have had a years enjoyment from the buggy and the travel cot, even if the rest were a real let down.
This deluxe 10-in-1 play set features the Sterling pram travel system that converts from a pram to a stroller complete with adjustable canopy and extra storage tray, reclining seat and a carry cot that cleverly folds into a handy travel/tote bag. The 4 piece set converts into 10 different toys. For ages 3 years and over.