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My daughter has really progressed from being a baby to a proper little girl now, wanting to play with lots of dolls and other more grown up children''s toys rather than baby toys. One item she received for Christmas was this Domino Ranger Pram, which cost 34.99 from Smyths store. Obviously for that you receive the pram, but also a small bag to represent the changing bag and a blanket style cover for inside the pram. The whole set is really designed to be exactly as a real one. The pattern of ours is vastly different to that shown here - ours is red for the main part, with a black and grey frame and cream and red dots cover and hood. The pram needs to be built up when opened and I her Grandad mentioned that the toy stores wanted 5 pounds to do the job for him but he said it was very simple to build. The pram is suitable for children aged 3 and upwards, but my daughter is only nearly two. I allow her to use it whilst supervised although it''s only been in the last few weeks that she''s really started to show an interest in pushing it around everywhere. The pram has a handy adjustable handle which has two buttons at either side which when pressed move the handle downwards into a better position for smaller children, although it''s still a bit big for my daughter. The pram can also be folded completely which is handy for car rides etc if we want to transport it. The basket underneath also detaches, although this can sometimes be a bit of a pain because my daughter thinks it''s great to take off and wave about so I sometimes have to remove it before she plays with it. The pram is quite roomy. My daughter has a set of two dolls and she manages to get both into the pram section with no issues. I''d say it measures around 75cm x 55cm x 40cm. It''s fairly easy for the pram to be pushed around, although the wheels on it all just move forwards - the two front wheels don''t move in different directions as they do on a real pram. This can be a pain when she''s using it around the house especially because it''s very easy for her to bash it into furniture and get stuck in places with it. The hood on the pram can be moved up and down, just as it is on most prams. My daughter loves this part - she puts the dolls in and immediately pulls the hood up to shelter them, which I think is so cute. Then, when removing her dolls, she pushes it back down and you can tell by her face that she''s really trying to take care of her dolls. I''d recommend this pram as a great first pram although I think the price is about right - I wouldn''t pay any more.
My parents recently brought this pram for my 19 month old daughter as she has become dolly obsessed since attending play groups. She loved her walker and shopping trolley toy so a pram seemed a logical choice both as something she would like and a learning toy to get her used to another baby in the house.
For the price I would say this pram is an absolute bargain. At first when it was assembled I thought perhaps it was to big for my little girl as she looked tiny next to it. However within seconds of getting it ready she had thrown dolly in and was crashing into everything.
The pram is very lightweight though a tad difficult to steer. When my daughter got the pram stuck she simply dragged it to whereshe wanted it to go. The handle bar is adjustable and so we put it on its lowest setting for now. This means it can be altered as she grows and hopefully be a lifelong toy that her eventual siblings can enjoy as well.
The pram was very easy to assemble. My husband probably spent about 10-15 minutes getting it ready. Most of the pram was already assembled and just needed unfolding and locking into place. The frame of the pram is a solid metal with a bright coloured material forming the shape of the basket part for the dolly to go in. The wheels are quute thick and seem to have a lot of use in them. The pram also comes with a tray underneath toput dollys essentials in.
My only negatives on the product is, the bag shown that comes with the pram is very flimsy and I actually brought my daughter a more sturdy bag for dollys bits as she just got frustrated with the one provided. Also the pram comes with no bedding which is fine in regards to blankets as we have loads but I dont have a mini pram sized pillow to hand. So providing one would have giventhe pram 5 stars.
Overall a very good product. My little one loves it and I see it getting a lot of use. Worth the money.
Hello, My daughter was bout this dolls pram when her baby brother was born to try and get her used to the idea of having a baby in the house. It cost about £30 and she had a red one. My daughter was 20 months old and it was the perfect size for her. It came with a baby changing bag, a little basket tray underneith, and a matching apron to cover dolly up and make the pram look abit tidyer.
The pram is lovely and has been very well used. Because was daughter was so young when she got it she actually bit off the rubber from around the handle.. oops. It still looks ok though. There is alot of space inside the pram which is great if you have a large dolly. if you have a small dilly you need to pad it out with a blanket otherwise dolly rolls about inside when she should be sleeping.
Now my daughter is almost 4 and it is still going strong. However it is getting rather short for her and she isnt a tall girl either. The handle height is on its higest but I find she still needs to bend slightly to push it. Because she is older now she is more aware that dolly doesnt only lie down but she should also be able to sit up. She sits dolly up and leans her against the hood but she constantly slides back down and this makes my daughter very frustrated, having to stop several times in the street to sit dolly back up.
Overall, for a toddler this is a very lovely little pram. For an older girl Id rather spend abit more and get something more like the real thing with other seat positions available.
My daughter was bought the Silver Cross Ranger pram for her 2nd birthday (in the red domino design).
For £30, I was unsure what to expect as had not seen in the shops and the box it came in looked very compact. I was pleasantly surprised when constructing the pram (which was done in 5 minutes whilst my daughter napped!!). The quality seemed exactly what you'd expect off Silver Cross.
The pram itself is incredibly robust and mirrors the quality of my Silver Cross Sleepover. In my experience, toy prams are normally flimsy, but this isn't at all! It features an adjustable handle (again, just like the real thing) so it grows with your child and the pram can be folded down to fit into a car boot with ease.
The pram also comes with a matching changing bag which is of great quality! My daughter loves pretending to go shopping with her dolls tucked up inside the pram!
The only one I can think of is the tray at the bottom which keeps coming unattached and drags on the floor. We ended up removing it which doesn't have any detrimental affect on the use or look of the pram.
WHAT IS IT?
A dolls pram that is made by Silver Cross. It is for little girls who are from 3 - 7 years old.
I like the design very much because it looks like a pram you would put a live baby in. You lie the doll in the pram flat and cover it over with the top part, it clips in place and makes the pram look like a carry cot. The hood folds back or you can have it up, I like to see the hood up because I think it makes the pram look beautiful. There is a plastic shopping basket under the pram and it is strong so little girls can put their real shopping in it.
WHAT I THINK
My daughter has had this pram ever since she was 5 so it is more than 2 years old. She is a normal sized child and when she was 5 it was the right height for her but now she is 7 she can not push it without her bending over the pram, it is getting too small now and that is a pity because she still likes to play with her dolls and prams.
It is a very well built pram, I remember all we had to do was put on the wheels and the hood because the rest of the pram was already together. I like the black and pink colours very much because I did not want to get my daughter a very pink pram. The tyres are very strong and I am happy for that because my daughter has used the pram a lot and they are undamaged and look in very good condition for the age of the pram.
WHAT MY DAUGHTER THINKS
My daughter has many dolls of all different sizes and she likes that this pram is big enough for her to push her baby doll or 3 of her smaller dolls together. She always lies them very comfortable and tucks them in with the top cover and I think it is nice for her to play like that.
She likes the changing bag and keeps it hanging from the pram all of the time. I did not know this came with the pram so it was a nice surprise for her. It is only small but big enough for her and I think it has lasted very well because it has been played with and carried around a lot.
My daughters pram cost £40 and I am very happy with it. 2 years use for any childs toy is good I think and I will keep it for my baby daughter who will be able to play with it when she is a little bit older.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
Ever since I was expecting with my daughter (who is now three!), my nan has said she will buy her a proper Silver Cross pram. The prices for the old style ones are astronomical so I told her to buy something more to her budget. She purchased this Silver Cross ranger pram.
The pram comes packaged inside quite a thin cardboard box. It was quite small so I imagined the pram coming in hundreds of pieces but I was wrong. The main body of the pram was already constructed and all I had to do was fit on the wheels and the shopping basket and it was ready to go.
The ranger pram is a little different from the normal black with a little bit of pattern Silver Cross prams, this one is mainly red in colour. With a red body and the hood and cover being red with white polka dots it certainly stands out. The main rods holding the pram in place are silver and black; I think the overall look of the pram is nice and girly, and nice not being pink! The storage basket on the bottom is made from black plastic. I'm not sure why, but it doesn't attach fully to the bottom of the pram, one end slides on but the other end is just left flapping around and it is prone to falling off so we only use it when we are at home.
The thing I like the most about the pram is that it can be folded down. My daughter loves taking dolls out when we go into town or for a walk and being able to fold this pram down allows me to fit it into the boot of the car without any trouble. Folding it down is a simple process and just involves moving a metal clasp on both sides and sliding the black cover up, once this is down it will lie in the flat position. It takes less than a minute and is easy to pick up once flat. This could also be handy for those that are short on storage space, when it's not in use it could be folded down and stored somewhere.
The age recommendation for the pram is 3-7 years. I think this is about right. My daughter received this on her third birthday and it seemed like the perfect size. She can only just see over the top of the hood when it's up so I wouldn't suggest buying this for younger children. The handle can be adjusted so that as your child grows older, you can move the handle in line with them growing. This is another simple process, press in the buttons on both sides and move the handle, voila!
The size seems to be perfect for the majority of my daughter's dolls, they all fit in the pram apart from her toddler doll, but that is to be expected! My daughter really loves her 'grown up' pram and it gets used a lot, inside and out. The pram is still in a great condition and there is no wear to the wheels even though it's used outside.
The Silver Cross ranger pram in red can be purchased from Amazon for £40. This is a huge different too the £300 odd old fashion Silver Cross my nan wanted to buy. I'd definitely recommend it as it's made to a high quality, head wearing and looks lovely. I love the fact it can be folded flat as it means I don't have to faff about trying to fit it into the car, it slides in easy.
Review written by my husband
For Little B's second birthday she was bought this pram. She has now had it for almost a year and I have to be very honest and say that it has not really been played with all that much and so I feel like it was a waste of money, a lot of money at that as it cost us £45.
Little girls seem to love their prams so they can push their dollies around in them. When Little B was nearing her second birthday we took her to Toys R Us to get inspiration for her gifts and when it came to us leaving the shop we had to virtually prise this pram out of her hands before we could leave!
We were quite shocked at the price, considering that we only spent £80 on Little B's pushchair, I was shocked that we were paying just over half of that for a toy one! However Mrs B insisted that the majority of the 'better' toy prams are around that price so I gave in and decided to put my hand in my pocket and buy this.
It came in a box and so on Little B's birthday we had the joy of putting it all together but we were pleased that it turned out to be very easy to do. The hardest bit was getting all the bubble wrap off the frame of it! Within ten minutes it was up and running and ready for Little B to push proudly around.
It is very bulky, what you get is a frame and a pram so that dolly can lie flat- this is vital as babies are not meant to sit up for too long or it damages their spines.... or something like that! So dolly can travel comfortably and safely. There is a hood which you can pull up to keep the bad weather away from dolly and a cover which you can zip on to the pram to protect dolly some more. The handle can be altered making it possible to be adjusted to a comfortable height for your child to be able to push along, this is easy to do just by pushing in two buttons and moving it to the correct height. Underneath the pram is a shopping trolley/tray which you can store your shopping when you take dolly out to Tesco's. It also comes with a change bag which matches the pram so your little one can be co-ordinated in this fashion-conscious world we now live in. This bag has a long strap so can go over your little one's shoulder or hook over the handle of the pram. The wheels are quite large which makes it easy to push along uneven surfaces.
Upon looking at the pram it does look very good, you can tell that it's not a cheap one and it certainly does look very realistic which I think is what children like. There are many toys on the market which mimic real things- toy phones, laptops etc and we have bought all of these for Little B yet she was still always interested in our dull looking real phones/laptop so it's nice that this pram is just like a real one so that she can walk proudly down the street with her dolly.
It is very good quality as it is robust, nothing falls apart and it has remained in a good condition, however, Little B much prefers to push around her cheap little stroller for dolly that we bought for less than half the price. I can see why she prefers it though.
This pram has a few flaws. The hood is one. When Little B pulls the hood up she often is too heavy handed with it so that the back end of it comes away and ends up creating a hole so that dolly would be in a draft. Little B cannot manage to pull it back down by herself and gets frustrated by it. The tray underneath is another flaw. This very often falls off so results in the pram being stuck as it tries to go over it but fails. Little B is unable to clip this back on by herself so again results in her getting impatient and upset. When Little B does push this along she isn't quite tall enough to see where she going when the hood is up so she bangs into things and causes chaos! Considering that she is nearly 3 and still cannot see over it this is a design flaw... I could understand at first when she was only 2 but I cannot see her being able to see where she is going for a long time yet! The pram is also quite hard to steer as it's so bulky and quite heavy, Little B often bumps into the walls and really struggles to get it to turn corners so it isn't a very enjoyable experience for her trying to push this.
Little B now tends to just use this as a bed for dolly which is quite cute and I am glad she is getting some use out of it. She will get dolly and tuck her up into the pram along with a teddy or two and sit next to it and shush her to sleep. This has meant we haven't had to fork out for a cot for dolly too! The bag has also come in useful as Little B likes to put dolly's clothes and bottles in it so it's great for storing these little things in.
In conclusion I would say that this is not the best pram. I can really see that it has it's positive points as it does look very realistic and I can see many little girls feeling very proud pushing this along but the flaws that come with it just result in my own little girl getting frustrated and quite upset. The more simple stroller type pushchair has proven to be more successful for her. Perhaps when she is older this will be better but for a child under 4 I wouldn't say this is the best pram to get. It cost us £45 from Toys R Us a year ago and I find that quite expensive but at least you can see the quality in this product.
My name is Chris and I'm a pram/pushchair addict. There, it's said. I have four children and have owned over one hundred assorted prams, pushchairs and strollers - I seem to have passed this addiction on to five year old Hollie who, at her great age, is already on her seventh dolls pram, although I must say this fabulous Silver Cross Ranger pram is a keeper and not one I plan to replace any time soon.
She's had it for almost a year now, it being a present last Christmas, and it's been played with every single day since then alongside her numerous dolls and teddy bears - in fact as she's off school with a tummy bug today she's playing with it right now so I'll use her input to write this review as she knows a damned sight more about the pram than I do!
Design-wise this is spot on; created to be true in style to the sort of 'lie-flat' prams that I tend to opt for when my babies are tiny, it looks like a miniaturised version of the pram Hollie herself lay in for the first couple of months of her life. The Ranger pram is available in several different colours, Hollies is mainly black with a bright pink trim which looks amazingly feminine and also ensures the pram resembles a 'real' pram much more closely than the ones with a busier pattern (such as the pram pictured above). The base unit of the pram is nicely padded (very important for keeping dolly comfortable) and the cover is the type which clips onto the top of the pram giving you plenty of room for the doll and also blankets or a quilt if the weather is cold. The base of the pram is non-removable, which is a shame as it would be great if it could be taken off and used as a carry cot - looking at the construction of the pram it seems this would be an easy thing to do, but I assume there's a reason they haven't as Silver Cross are usually surprisingly innovative considering the general (and wonderful) olde-worlde designs of their products.
The tray at the bottom of the pram is fixed into position and will hold a surprising amount. Hollie loves to walk to the shop with me and enjoys pushing her pram next to David in his pushchair, of course she usually wants to put some of my shopping in the tray and I'm always surprised at how much will fit in there without it affecting the smooth push of the pram. It's obvious that a good deal of thought has been put into it as while the bulk of the tray has a wire-like construction, the front section is solid plastic to ensure small items don't fall out while the pram is being pushed along. Personally I'd rather see the whole tray built from solid plastic as naturally Hollie transports lots of small doll-sized pieces when she's using her pram, but I must admit the design does look very realistic as it is.
The handle is adjustable up to a maximum height of 77cm, Hollie is a dainty five year old and although it's now at its maximum height I can see there's still plenty of growing room for her. The handle is very easy to adjust, but has a 'secret' clip so that inquisitive children won't keep messing with it and risk trapping their fingers by constantly unlocking and locking the handle - this clip actually isn't so much secret as designed to look like part of the prams frame, meaning Hollie has only just noticed it and pays very little attention to what it actually does! I'm impressed with the padding on the handle as it keeps it comfortable in her little hands, something that is very important considering the sheer amount of time Hollie spends playing with this pram - it also remains in fabulous condition with no pieces of foam missing or even any gashes to the foam, something that maybe the manufacturers of 'real' prams should think about as I've lost track of the amount of pushchairs I've thrown away simply because the handles have become so worn looking.
The tyres on the Ranger are semi-solid and are so well designed that after eleven months of use they are still in tip-top condition with no nicks taken out and they have kept the same impressive level of tread that the pram had when new. I say impressive as this pram has been used on all sorts of surfaces including gravel, concrete and even a very pebbly beach in Wales so I would have expected some kind of pitting to the rubber by now - not so, once again this dolls pram succeeds where my own prams usually fail! The well placed and large wheels make it extremely smooth to push on any surface, the wheels go where they should despite being in a fixed position and I've never once noticed Hollie struggling to get it exactly where she wants the pram to go.
The only complaint I have regarding this gorgeous pram really relates to the hood; while it moves smoothly and stays where it's put (ie. doesn't slide down from the upright position), the fabric at the back of the hood isn't attached to the body of the pram. This means that unless you're very careful (and what five year old *is* very careful?!) the flap of the hood comes loose and will drape over the dolls face instead of protecting her head from the cold - and as Hollie rightly says, this could cause her baby to catch a head cold if we're out in particularly nasty weather! I imagine this could be fixed with a couple of well placed stitches, but unfortunately I'm not confident enough in my sewing abilities to attempt it - and anyway, I shouldn't have to as this is a flaw that needs to be addressed by Silver Cross!
As far as play value goes, this pram has been a winner from day one. Hollie loves transporting her dolls to the shops (the pram will accommodate any doll up to 50cm in length) and has spent incalculable hours playing with it both inside the house and out. It folds flat so I'll happily pop it into the car boot if we're going out as I know I can trust her not to get bored while we're out and leave me attempting to push both her pram and mine (something my older daughter was a bugger for, leading to me actually abandoning her scooter in the park one day in an attempt to teach her a lesson - it didn't work). Folding it down is an easy process; Hollie hasn't got the knack yet but she understands how it's done and I think soon she'll be able to put this knowledge into practice and fold it herself, although to be fair it's so straightforward that I really don't mind doing it for her.
I'm particularly impressed with the small 'changing bag' that came with the pram as it ensures all her dolls 'bits' are kept safely together and also provides her with another way to carry the odds and sods she decides she wants from the shop. The handle is designed to fit perfectly on the handle of the pram and doesn't hang so low that it gets in the way of her feet as she's walking - this is important I think as I've had changing bags myself that have ridiculously long handles and leave me walking like a duck as I attempt to avoid the bag!
I recall paying around £30 for this pram and believe it has been money well spent. The pram is in fantastic condition even after so much play time, and there aren't many dolls prams I can honestly say that about. Hollie adores it and that's the main thing; I was considering buying her an upgraded pram from the new Mamas & Papas range this Christmas but as her dad said, why do that when she's still so thrilled with this one. Recommended 100% - and more!
At a Glance Doll sold separately. Classic doll's pram with adjustable handle height, maximum height 77cm. Includes co-coordinating shoulder bag Features and benefits for Silver Cross Ranger Pram Doll sold separately. Classic doll's pram with adjustable handle height, maximum height 77cm. Includes co-coordinating shoulder bag and handy shopping tray to store all your doll's necessities on the go. Pram folds flat for easy storage. Suitable for dolls up to 50cm. Supplied in exclusive ELC 'Butterfly' fabric. Quick facts:??Adjustable handle height??Co-ordinating shoulder bag??Handy shopping tray??Pram folds flat??Suitable for 50cm dolls??Exclusive ELC 'Butterfly' fabricGreat for your child's development:Nurturing role-play as a child cares for their baby doll, inspired by real life classic nursery prams ? be just like mum or dad. This classic pram grows with your child with an adjustable handle height. The child can go shopping out and about with the handy under-seat shopping tray to role-play imaginative play. Helps develop hand-eye co-ordination. The child can role-play being just like mum or dad with this Premium British Silver Cross nursery brand pram. What you need to know:This pram features everything your child will need for lots of role-play fun. The Ranger has an adjustable handle so as your child grows the pram can grow with them. Handy under-seat shopping tray to store all your child's accessories for the doll as well as a co-ordinating shoulder bag so the child can be just like mum or dad. After a busy day playing fold your Ranger pram flat for easy storage till your next outing. In pretty Butterfly fabric. Pack contents: Pram Shoulder bagShopping traySize: Length 74cm x Width 40cm x Height 77cm. Self-assembly: See instruction/ assembly manual.Safety warnings: Not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts.Brand information:Silver Cross was established in 1877 and they have been hand-crafting their heritage prams to the highest standards of comfort, safety and style for over 130 years.