“ Brand: Zapf Creation / Type: Doll Buggy „
I didnt originally review this stroller when my 2 yr old daughter originally got it as I wanted to see how it faired before passing judgement on durability etc.
The stroller was a welcome present to go with her baby born dolly in early spring, and althoguh by far not the most expensive on the market, has proved to be an absolute success in our house.
To the buggy itself, it comes folded down (as per an actual toddler stroller-wheels to handle) upon purchase and is fiarly easily pulled out into position. Hold the handles and the front wheels go to the ground, the X-framework at the back of the stroller starts to open up and you lock into position by pressing the pink (or blue in boys case) plastic cross plate above rear wheels into a horizontal position. The frame of the stroller is locked into position to stop collapsing by 2no end caps and that fit snugly ontop of the middle of each front wheel legs. This not only stops the buggy from closing up but also prevents little fingers from getting trapped. To collapse back to a flat storage position you have to lever off both of the end caps from the front legs and push them to the side before pushing up the pink plate to collapse. My little one at this stage cannot do this herself so adult supervision is sometimes required.
Once put into position you have a very strong, double wheeled stroller with a rear mesh basket for storing anything that their imagination can think off. The net is not flimsy and has withstood some rough treatment and excessive stuffing in of large items. The seat itself is again a strong wipeable nylon material with a 3point safety harness to hold dolly/cuddly toys in place. The handles are at a really good height and curve away from person pushing buggy. They are covered with a grooved foam tipe material to make pushing more comfortable on little hands, and again have withstood alot of use and are yet to show a mark or snag.
At a cost of between £10-£14 this buggy is a fantastic little buy, packs flat, is nice to look at, easy to use and really is durable. I would strongly recommend this to anyone wishing to buy a no frills but lovely stroller.
My daughter has had the girl baby born since she was two or three she was perfectly happy with this and all of the pink accessories and loved to play with her babies as she still does today. However two years ago she found her world had changed as her baby brother arrived, so at the age of seven suddenly pink girlie dolls were not enough she wanted a baby born boy doll and all the blue accessories that come with it!
We got her the baby born boy doll two christmases ago all of a sudden the pink pushchair etc was no good. We needed blue. My Aunty bought the baby born boy blue pushchair for her. To be honest I was wondering just how many dolls pushchairs one little girl needs. But hey on offer at about £8 it was a bargain! I think it is around £12-£15 now.
The pushchair stands around 64 cm so is a little small, it has swivel wheels so is easier to manouver than her other pushchairs, the harness is the three point type usually found on dolls pushchairs, it has a comfy for dolly padded seat so is generally pretty good quality. However try putting the blooming thing up and down, it is as complicated as the full size versions. The positive here is this makes it fairly safe and less prone to collapsing.
Ellies baby brother is now two, not one to steriotype I am encouraging Jamie to play with 'babies' with his sister and the blue pushchair is ideal, he loves pushing it round with anything he can find sat inside. He is regularly sat in the pushchair enjoying being pushed around the house by his big sister, the pushchair is sturdy enough to take his weight without damage so far, so must be pretty strong.
So to summarise although a little small, this is an ideal height pushchair for toddlers, appropriate for little boys, easy to manouver and pretty sturdy. We are pretty pleased with it.
I wasn't too keen on getting the (female) sprog gender-specific toys, and since her birth have been dressing her as a boy and trying to steer her away from such female stereotyped delights as toy ironing sets, miniature hoovers, pink Barbie dolls, high-heels for four year olds, etc. etc. etc.
Come her fifth birthday, and all she wants is a toy 'Baby Born' pushchair. This is what comes of giving your child the 'Argos' catalogue to leaf through and telling her to choose something for her birthday. Ignore that photo of a blue stroller that accompanies this review for the only colour 'Argos' do toy pushchairs in is pink. Heigh ho, back to the old drawing board.
Actually what we planned to buy was a £7 budget made-by-no-specific-toy-company pushchair - but that one is apparently, like 99% of the suspiciously good deals you'll ever see offered in the 'Argos' catalogue seem to be, permanently out of stock everywhere.
So we ended up paying £15 for the next least expensive toy pushchair stocked by 'Argos', which is something of an irony because approximately £15 is what we paid for the budget actual working pushchair, that I bought to push my real-life baby about in....
As a toy pushchair 'Baby Born' is all right. It's exactly like a budget pushchair for real babies, only slightly scaled down; the handles are 65cm off the ground making it of the right height for a five year old child to push, and the maximum toy size that it'll accommodate is approximately 45cm (presumably the size of the 'Baby Born' fake baby doll). The frame is silver grey tubular metal with grey 'umbrella' style plastic-coated handles, and the fabric sling comes in an insipid shade of flower-patterned pale pink. There's a pink mesh shopping bag that hangs vertically down from the handles and attaches to the base of the frame with big plastic clips. This is a nice touch as it can be stuffed full of additional toys / accessories that can tag along with whatever main toy is occupying the prime position in the seat of the pushchair (this has a little working, pink webbing safety harness of course).
The solid-plastic pink and white wheels of the pushchair are fixed in a front-facing position and are the only aspect of the toy that look a little fake; I never played with toy pushchairs much myself when I was young but I was friends with a little girl who did, and I remember that the wheels on HER 'Baby Born' or 'Tiny Tears' or whatever brand of pushchair it was were very similar to the wheels on this. So the technology there clearly hasn't changed since circa 1976.
I find it an incredibly true-to-life pushchair when it comes to folding the thing up for storage, as, just like a real pushchair, it's fiendishly difficult to engage the Baby Born mechanism that makes the frame collapse.
My personal reservations about the product aside, my five year old daughter loves her toy pushchair, and delights in pushing various members of her stuffed animal collection about in it. It can accommodate several 10-inch teddy bears / dogs / lemurs or whatever at a time.
This dolls Baby Born buggy comes in blue for a boy doll or pink or a girl.
I bought my daughter this stroller for her doll for christmas last year as she has a cheap stroller but had completely worn it out.
I was very impressed with this toy I bought from Argos for about £12.
Not only does it look good but its very sturdy too. A soft padded seat with a three point harness that really works, as well as a shopping bag attached to the back and also a mobile phone holder that clips onto the side. The handles are padded and in the right postition for young children to use and my favourite feature is that alothough only a small inexpensive dolls stroller it has swivel wheels! Many times with the old stroller when we would go on walks I would have to help my daughter turn the buggy as she found it difficult to contol but not any more!
I do find it a little tricky to fold down but then it is constantly up and I think its a good thing it is not prone to collapsing.
I would reccommend this dolls stroller to anyone I think it is great value for money and ours is in absolutely fantastic condition even though it is a year old!
The practical stroller is great for shopping trips or walks. With the seatbelt the BABY born BOY sits safely and securely in his seat. Practical shopping net for storage. Lightweight and compact folding umbrella style stroller that stores away easily