Product Type: Silver Cross Doll
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Silver Cross Ranger Pram
Member Name: hlb2009
Silver Cross Ranger Pram
Advantages: Looks very real
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.
Summary: 3 stars