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I bought this travel system for my new born son Xavi 15 months ago. The travel system consisted of the pushchair, car seat and raincover. It was great value bought from Argos for £109 in the sale. The car seat was fantastic ideal for any new born, in fact my Xavi loved it so much he would only go to sleep if we rocked him in the car seat and then put him in his cot when he was a sleep! The car seat fits easily and very safely to the pushchair and is easily clipped off again. The instructions are not the best but we worked out eventually how to put the car seat in the car. Its very safe and secure, the padding around the sides and back of the seat are excellent and heaven forbid we did have an accident this is the car seat you would want you child to be in. The pushchair unfortunatly is not on the same level as the car seat. I found it very stiff and hard to push especially as my Xavi got bigger, this may be different for others as my son is 82cm and 2 stone at 15 months!. The pram never goes the way you want it to when you have the wheel lock off on the front wheels. The only way to get it to go in a straight line is to have the wheel lock on which unfortunatly makes the pushchair very stiff. The safety harness is very well made and secured my son safely. The tray at the front also comes in handy especially at meal times when your on the go. The pushchair folds down on itself so its quite big and bulky, not the type of pushchair that you would fold down to get on the bus. A rain cover is also included which for the price was a welcome surprise! The diagram in the instructions is useless so it took a while to figure out how it went on. The instructions are also useless when putting the pram together, myself and my partner put it together eventually. It would make an ideal game on the crystal maze, but saying that we dont have a good track record in putting things together (took us 4 hours building our son's flat pack wardrobe!) Overall the car seat is fantastic, the pram does its job even if it is a bit annoying and once you figure out how to put the raincover on the pram it works great. If you are looking for a compact pram to pop on and off the bus this travel system isnt for you as it is quite bulky.
I needed a new buggy quite quickly for my little girl as I had given my tandem pushchair to my sister for her two little ones. I found this pushchair be very affordable and practical. It's not the nicest of colours or design but it definately does the job, which is the most important thing to me. It is a little on the heavy side if you need to lift it with one hand and unless you put the brakes on before you collapse it, it will roll straight down whatever you lean it against. But that's just me, I tend to lean it against my wall whilst I carry in a million different items (including my two children!) It folds up quite compactly and I found it took up alot less room in our boot than previous pushchairs did. The raincover that came with ours is fantastic. Can't fault it at all. It covers everywhere and has very good fastenings, so it protects from the rain very well indeed. It even has little pullback flaps on the side with mesh on them so you can let some fresh air in, which I thought was a very good idea. The wheels are relatively small and don't have massive treads on them like my previous pushchair. There are front lockable swivel wheels but i've never found a use for locking them. The shopping basket is a good size and easily accessed. My last buggy had the folding mechanism in the way and I had to undo poppers on the side of the basket in order to use it. So I am overjoyed that I can just lean down and pop my groceries in the bottom without undoing poppers and then doing them back up again. The pushchair is good to handle. 99% of the time I have to hold my little boy's hand as he's only 2 years old and he can wander alot so I end up pushing his sister in the Mirage with one hand! It handles very well considering my little girl is no lightweight. I can push her round corners with one hand and hold my little boys hand without too much difficulty, although I do have to get him on the pavement when crossing the road before I can get the pushchair up the kerb as I need two hands for that. If I had one niggle with this pushchair it would have to be the folding mechanism. I really don't get on with it at all. It took me ages the first few times to get it to collapse. You have to pull a small, plastic, grey lever upwards at the back of the pushchair and then twist the small black handle about 90 degrees. Even to this day I sometimes need to do this twice in order to get it to collapse properly. But other than that it's a good little pushchair, very practical and after 2 years of use it's still going strong.
I was lucky, I bought the Graco Mirage from a charity shop for only £15 with the car seat. They cost about £150+ brand new, which is a price I would be happy to pay. Its a great little stroller, its comfortable to use and with its lockable swivel wheels its easy to manouvre. Its easy to fold/unfold, not to heavy, if you are using it on a bus it can seem quite bulky compaired to some other strollers but its not to bad. The back wheels have a foot activated brake. It has three recline positions, so if baby is feeling tired you can lay him/her down flat. An ajustable foot-rest for when babys legs get longer. The cover can be removed and is machine washable. The shopping basket is quite big compared to others I have seen. Stroller can be used until child is about 3years old, but the car seat is only suitable until 12-15 months. It is very important to pick the right option when buying a pram or stroller. I am happy to recommend this product to anybody. Its good quality, nice and sturdy, and it looks good.
If you don't have children, you may imagine the choice of baby transportation to be a simple one. Prams, pushchairs, that's about it, right? Well, no, actually. There is a bewildering range of options out there, some of which retail at approximately the price of a small car (well, nearly) and are barely recognisable as baby buggies at all. (Those are the ones you see celebrities - stick-thin, naturally, two weeks after giving birth - pushing their ridiculously-named babies in for the benefit of the paparazzi. It's not so much a buggy, more of a fashion statement.) The Graco Mirage isn't making any kind of a fashion statement and is unlikely to make it into the style magazines or score you many points among the yummy mummies, but it's a perfectly serviceable and reasonably priced item. Having surveyed the multitudinous various options available, after I stopped banging my head against the wall I decided that our best bet was a travel system - in plain English, that's a pushchair which also incorporates a car seat, which the pushchair can be used with (for younger babies) or without (for older babies and toddlers) - and off we went to investigate. After a bare minimum of looking around (hey, I was pregnant, I couldn't face too much traipsing around the shops), we decided to take a chance on the Graco Mirage (hoping it wouldn't disappear, mirage-like, when up close) at a very reasonable £149.99 from Babies R Us. This, for those who don't know, is the baby section of the oddly-named toy superstore Toys R Us. My husband refers to Babies R Us as "Babysaurus", which is frankly a much better name. They should change the name to that, and have a cute baby dinosaur as the logo . Anyway, I digress. In exchange for our £149.99, we received the following in an enormous box: the basic pushchair, the Autobaby 2 car seat which can also attach to the pushchair to enable a younger baby to travel in comfort, the Autobase car seat base, a raincover, a footmuff and a changing bag. Pretty good, I'd say. To get some perspective on this, the car seat retails separately for £69.99 and the Autobase for £29.99. The changing bag isn't the greatest looking item and to be honest I've never used it for its intended purpose (I keep the instruction manuals in it instead). Yes, baby transportation systems do come with instruction manuals and boy, do they need them. Having said that, the Graco Mirage is a straightforward enough contraption, as these things go. The Autobase is a real blessing, as it can be safely installed in the car using a rear seatbelt and then stay there on a more or less permanent basis, enabling you to lift the car seat (with or without resident baby) on and off as required. This is incredibly easy to do - it just clicks into place, and can be removed almost as easily, by squeezing a lever at the back. The same applies to attaching the car seat to the pushchair chassis - click on, lift off. Couldn't be simpler. The car seat straps are easy to use and can easily be lengthened or shortened as necessary. The well-padded car seat includes a sun canopy and a head cushion for younger babies, and appears to provide a comfy enough seat - at least, my daughter hasn't complained yet. (Maybe she's saving it up for when she learns to talk?) The car seat is Group 0+ (this is another area of major confusion for the uninitiated) which basically means it's suitable for babies weighing up to 13kg (29lbs), or about 12-15 months. The pushchair is light and manoeuvrable, with swivel wheels giving fab turning ability. The wheels can also be locked if necessary, if you're on rougher terrain. (Though I probably wouldn't ideally use this pushchair for walking on rough ground - a front or back carrier being preferable.) The suspension isn't bad. It has a reasonably capacious shopping basket underneath - this can hold a fair bit, though is not that easy to get larger items in and out of. The seat has three positions from upright to reclined. The pushchair is easy to fold and unfold (dimensions when folded are 90 x 50 x 36 cm) and fits easily enough into the boot of my Renault Clio, though it doesn't leave room for much else. I haven't mastered the mystic art of one-handed folding yet, though it's very easy to unfold with one hand. Appearance-wise, the Mirage looks OK. There's a bit more black plastic on show than might be the case in a perfect universe, but it could be a lot worse. It's not going to get mistaken for one of your designer whatchamacallems (you're unlikely to see Gwyneth Paltrow pushing one, I'd hazard a guess), but it's fine for what it is. It's available in a few different colour schemes, although Babysaurus only had it in a turquoise and black affair. To summarise, it's a lightweight, manoeuvrable, easy to use travel system which won't break the bank. And most importantly, my little girl seems safe and comfortable in it. I think Babysaurus have stopped doing the one we bought - at least, it's not available in the spring/summer 2007 catalogue, and seems to have vanished from the website also. The Graco Mirage is, however, available from Kiddicare.com for £119.97, which includes the car seat but not the Autobase or other extras. More information is also available on the Graco website - www.graco.co.uk.
I bought a graco mirage travel system in 2003, it is still working well today, my only disadvantage is i have a toddler who is big for his age so over the maximum weight limit, but when number two is born in december i will be using the same pushchair again. I found the mirage brilliant because the car seat is easy to click into pushchair and car base, it does not even disturb the baby, alsoit is fairly lightweight and looks very comfortable, my son has slept many long car journeys happily. My system is still in good condition considering being used daily for two and a half years, only parts that have aged are the locking clip for holding system closed(the clip is not actually needed as pushchair stays fairly well closed on its own) and the wheels are a bit worn, but I did not expect it to last as long as it has and will go on to do. My only thing i want is to find out if i can buy new wheels and my system is good as new. Definitely a good buy..
i bought this pushchair at 2mths old due the fact i couldn't get around with the bulk that was my pram. I boughtn this pushchair due the price £70 and it included a raincover and the look of the pushchair commparded to the others that was available in my childs age range. The pushchair has a HUGE shopping basket and is great for those shopping trips. I has a three poistion backrest but one of the position is hard to ajust wit a hevy 13mth old in. The pushchair has big wheels so great for bumpy roads and the wheels move with ease The only problem with the pushchair is the folding mechinisim i've had this pushchiar 11mths and it is already starting to stick and b REALLY hard to put down even with my hands free. I really don't think this pushchair while last me much longer due to this fact.!!!!
i resently brought a graco travel system buggy which comes with a car seat, from littlewoods cataloge, i know you have to pay a little more out of the catalog.it did cost me £249.00 which is a hell of alot of money for a buggy but i needed something that i could handle well and take on trips when i visit my family in london,so it was a must for me,and buying from a cataloge and not a high street store let me spread the cost and at the prices buggys are these days it was the only way i was going to get the one i wanted. this buggy is aged from 0 up 3 years, i opted for the red,black and grey colour which is very attractive,if they sold it in pink i would have brought that but no matter how hard i looked i couldnt find one and i did do alot of looking! i was alittle worried about the size of this buggy, because im quite short and needed something where my arms werent up to my chest while pushing it,but i was nicley surpised when it arrived it was just the right size for me and an added bonus is that my boyfriend can push it with ease without having to bend down and he is.... 6ft 2 so its great for everyone. i like the holders for parent at the top of the buggy,it has two drink holders(for cans or a bottle)and a neat little storage box with a lid inbetween them which is great for my mobile phone,purse,and keys with room to spare, there is also drink and food holders for the child at the front of the buggy for when they are older,which will be very usefull when my baby is bigger,the front holder can also be opened up so you can get easy access to your child,which i think is a nice touch, it can also be removed with ease if wanted. the basket under the buggy is a good size for your daily shopping and it is easy access. i find the car seat is easy enough to get on and of the buggy and getting my child straight out of the car and into the buggy without waking her is great,getting the car seat in the car is another story ,it is quite hard to get the seat belt around the car seat,i have to pull the seat belt very very tight indeed (my boyfriend does this so its not much bother to me..) i would say this is the best buggy ive ever pushed and owned ..very pleased with it
Like others, I bought this travel system in a sale and was impressed with the price of only £100 but it normally retails at around £119. The travel system consists of a car seat suitable from 0 to 9 months which clicks into the puchchair forming a very neat, compact pram. It is easy to control one handed and has a generously sized basket beneath for your light shopping. The car seat is well padded, with an extra headrest for when baby's really small, and the safety has been proven in a recent fall when carrying the seat (it is sadly not weightless!). There have been a couple of occasions, however, when the car seat has tipped over when driving around a sharp corner which is concerning. This is largely due to the incredible awkwardness of fixing the seatbelt around the back of the car seat, the instructions aren't particularly clear on how to ensure that is sits properly. Another problem that I've encountered occurs when putting the car seat into older cars, often the seatbelt can be too short to fix the seat in properly. This factor is redeemed however by the fantastic ease of clipping the car seat in and out of the pushchair, no need to wake up a sleeping baby by taking them out of one to put in the other, and of course the car seat can be taken indoors and become a handy little rocking seat to ensure that visiting friends and family is slightly less stressful than necessary. There is also the added bonus of being able to be fastened onto special car seat trolleys at most supermarkets. The current models now come with a car seat that is 0+ and for an extra £30 you can buy something called an Autobase which is a base that you keep in the car, locked in by the seatbelt allowing you to click the car seat in and out like you do when attaching it too the pram. It's really simple and means that you don't have to fiddle round with the seatbelt every time you put the car seat in the car. Sadly the older models come with a 0 car seat, mine was made in 2000 which isn't compatible. If you have bought one recently look on the underside of the carseat, if you can use the Autobase there will be a sticker saying "Base Compatible". Once your baby is too big for the car seat the main pushchair is also very comfortable. It has a five point harness, which is not as complicated as it sounded when first explained to me, and has two positions to allow your baby to either lie flat or sit up to watch the world go by. It also has the function of being able to lock the front wheels straight which seemed odd until I was up at 4:30 a.m. pushing the pram back and forward knowing it was the only way that my daughter would fall asleep! The only disadvantages to this part of the travel system come when folding the pushchair away. You have to push a piece of plastic forward while pulling two handles up to actually accomplish this task and this takes a bit of mastering and can be irritating if you are alreasy a little stressed. The other issue is a small plastic clip which is supposed to hold the pushchair together. This clip is remarkably awkward and I have to confess I don't actually use it. The pram stays pretty compact without it though so it is not a major concern. On the whole the few disadvantages are relatively minor and are substantially outweighed by the advantages. I would be happy to recommend it to potential parents and personally wouldn't consider buying an alternative.
The Graco mirage travel system cost me £152 including the optional extra of rain cover, and being in the north east of Scotland it was a must!. That was two years ago but i don't think the price has changed. I can tell you that it is one of the best investments i've made. My daughter left hospital in her car seat (bearly 9 hours old) and has hardly gone a day without being in it. You get the car seat which fixes securly to the buggy, is easy to strap into the car, and does birth to 9 months. The buggy is sturdy and glides along most surfaces. It can be fully controlled with one hand, which is extremley useful when getting in and out of doors. The wheels can be swivel or locked. The seat can be upright or flat, but it is possible to have an in between position if you fold the material under at the head of the seat. I don't think they ment it to do this - but it does. This is handy if your baby is sleeping but can't lie flat. My only gripe about it is the safety catch to fold it down can be a bit tricky. Always show any baby sitters how to fold it because its tricky. All the covers come off and can be put in the machine. Our buggy has covered many miles and as we are very active has encountered different terrains. It puts up with much abuse and still it went strong, that was until last week when the back wheel fell off. Disaster!. I didn't really need a new buggy because we are using it less and less, and I hate cheap umbrella type buggies. What was I to do? But it was Graco to the rescue, an after I e-mailed them, I am now awatitng a replacement wheel and FREE fittings. Cheers Graco. I can't recommend this buggy enough, If not this model then deffinatly choose Graco.
We brought the Graco Mirage Travel System a little bit before I gave birth, my little girl is now almost one and I have used it so much. when she was smaller it was wonderful to be able to lift out the car seat and put it on top of the push chair without having to wake or disturb her. The car seat can be used from birth up untill 10 kg. And is brilliant when you get back from shopping and baby is stil sleeping because you can carry her indoors and she is still alseep. There is a large roomy basket underneath which holds quite alot when your out.I would recomend it to anyone who is thinking of buying a push chair and who uses the car quite alot as well. The push chair looks very comfy and there is plenty of room for the child as he/she grows bigger. The seat padding comes off and can be washed incase of a little accident or if sticky chocolate fingers get all over it. The only draw back is that the wheels are quite bulky and I use the bus every now and then and the wheels can be a real pain, but other than that a brilliant buy, worth every penny.
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Prams and pushchairs have become a major investment and it is crucial therefore that you make the right choice. When I was pregnant my mind was in a whirl with the sheer number of designs and models on offer. I didn't really know what I was looking for but spent hours looking anyway! I eventually decided on a Graco Travel System. These are 3 in 1 in that there is a car seat which when added to the pushchair base makes a pram and then as they grew older you have the pushchair. The 3 in 1 option seemed to make the most economic sense at £149 for the lot. A good car seat costs round about £80 so if you bought all 3 items separately you would have a hefty bill. At the time this made sense to me as I needed both a pram and a car seat. I was concerned that many of the prams are not supportive and I hate to see babies flopped into them. I became an expert on 'feeling' prams and thought that the Graco ones offered the best support whilst being comfortable. My pram was in blue with a cream and beige cheque trim. This model is seldom available now although it appears to be only the covers that have changed in order to remain fashionable. I notice now that it is the grey colours that seem to be the in shade. At the time of choosing I wanted something unisex as I didn't know what the sex of my child was. All Graco prams seem to be suitable for both blue and pink babies! The car seat was very sturdy and could also be used as a seat in the house. In fact my son liked it so much that sometimes it was the only way to get him to snooze. There is a headsupport for the tiny baby so that they are snug when placed in the seat and the straps are adjustable too. It is important that you get to grips with fitting the car seat prior to babies arrival. Me and my husband spent many an evening practicing fitting it into the car, as you can imagine the hours just fly by in our house! It is easy to fit though once you get into it. There is also an indicator on the side which shows you at what angle to tip the seat up. When the orange part is showing you have got the seat in at the correct angle. This is based on the spirit level system where an indicator moves between two points to show that the item is level. Important note here is that the carrying handle has to remain upright. I can't believe the number of these seats that I have seen where the parent has put the handle down. It clearly states in the instructions that it must remain up. The seat belt straps across the front of the child and has guides to fit it under. The other part of the seat belt fits behind the car seat making it very secure. Another point here is not to use the car seat in the front if you have passenger air bags. My son used this car seat until he was 9 months old. He was a huge baby and finally outgrew it. I think that it was terrific value though considering he used it for all that time. I never had a problem with it except as he got bigger it became very heavy to carry. I started to leave it in the car rather than taking the whole lot out each time as you would if you had a smaller baby. I put him in the pushchair part for walks at a much younger age. I found that he was trying to sit up and look round so made the switch at about 5 months. Now the problem with the pushchair is that it is huge! I find it a real pain to get round the shops to be honest and I have just bought a cheap buggy to replace it. It is obviously very comfortable and padded and the straps are fully adjustable. It comes with a snack tray too though I never used this as Joe used to try and kick it off at every opportunity! The pushchair can be reclined too although Joe hated this and prefers to be almost upright at all times! We had terrible sleep problems with him when he was younger and although the Health Visitor disapproves he will only fall asleep at night in his pushchair. OK s o it's not ideal but at least we can carry him up to bed once he is in the land of nod. To me this proves how comfy it must be though! I love the fact that the pushchair has a basket at the bottom and it is massive. You can get your coat in there and lots of shopping too. The shape of the handle however means that it is difficult to put shopping anywhere else. Bags do not easily sli over the handles. Also don't forget that your shopping on handles can uptip your little one. Now for the major disadvantage to the whole system! In order to wash it you have to unscrew goodness knows how many screws. All the material is attached to the frame with these screws. Once you do get it all undone it has a plastic backing and therefore can't be machine washed. I found this out when Joe was incredibly sick all over the thing. It took at least half an hour to get it off which isn't ideal when it is dripping in vomit and then I had to clean it in the bath. If I had realised this when I bought it I would have looked again I'm sure. I have updated my op as I now only use the chair in the house or garden due to its shabby appearance. Joe has done another spectacular vomitting act in the last week and I had another battle to get the thing clean. You would think that manufacturers would be aware of the need for cleaning such products with ease. This is the hardest thing to clean in the world. I have tried cleaning it without unscrewing everything but unfortunately as it is padded you just cannot get rid of the smell (sorry for so much detail but if you are going for a crown you need detail!) Even Fabreze has failed on it and it has been drenched in the stuff. I would like to be able to wash it on a regular basis in order to keep it hygienic. I had fully intended to keep the travel system for the next baby (if there is one - if Joe doesn't sleep soon this is extremely doubtful!) I would not put a baby in th e system now though as it clearly looks second hand and worn. All in all it was initially a great buy though quickly became grubby. Also it is way too big and takes up too much room in the boot of a small car (I drive a Renault Clio). I cannot go to the supermarket with it in the car as there is no room for the shopping. Because of the sheer size of the pushchair it is also very heavy to lift - you do get nicely toned arms though! Hope this has helped someone out there make a decision.
I bought this model for my son expecting the car seat to last until he was big enough for a second stage one [minimum 20lb] and the buggy section to last this child and [if I'm that lucky] through use for a second child. Having used the car seat on the buggy only half a dozen times the bar on the buggy wa seriously scratched and certainly not looking good enough for my way of thinking. I went back and questioned this and was told that the shop assistant also had this model and had the same problem - no other help!!! I evenutally took the bar off and used the buggy and car seat separately. My son isn't the biggest for his age and at 9 months was only weighing about 18lb but was able to climb out of his carseat - still 4lb below the stated maximum and 2lb below the minimum for the next size. Again I went back to Mothercare who supplied it as I thought I must be doing something wrong. They agreed that the straps were coming out of the back of the seat too far down his back [on the top setting] and that this was why he could get out as he'd outgrown it - but even had the cheek to refuse to sell me a second stage seat as he "looked too small for that and was therefore safer in the other seat" - I'd just demonstrated to them how quickly he could go from strapped in tight to standing up holding the main adult seatbelt that holds it in place without undoing the straps or owt clever!!! The buggy is however very easy to steer and comfortable even if I do struggle to get it in the boot of my Nissan Micra. The price is very good in comparisson to other systems so maybe I should have paid more for something else. I probably wouldn't replace the buggy for a second child but I'd certainly have to replace the car seat.
I am SO impressed with this pushchair. I already had the twin version so I was expecting to like it, but the single version is great. The reason I wanted a Graco is that they have a single handle, rather than umbrella folding pushchairs, which have two. I find it impossible to hold a childs hand while pushing (let alone steering) my two handled buggy, and was fed up with having to use my heavy 2 in 1, hence I was after a Graco. When I saw the Mirage reduced to £39.99 in babies r us, with a free raincover, I had to get it. So, what did I get for my £40? A single pushchair with lockable swivel wheels. The wheels are quite large and seem suited to rougher ground (such as concrete roads with potholes in!). It has a hood, which comes far enough forward to shade a toddlers face from the sun, and has a small “window” through which you can see your child. There is a generous shopping basket, a footrest and a removable bumper bar. The 5 point harness is easy to adjust. It has 2 positions, lie flat or sit up. There are no reclining positions in between. However, my old Mamas & Papas had 5 positions and I found I rarely used any other than lie flat or sit up straight, the children always seemed to feel insecure in a semi reclined position. The covers on the pushchair are washable (haven’t had to test this yet!). It folds in half and is free-standing when folded. And it’s very much lighter to push than my M&P (even with toddler on board). I was also lucky enough to get a free raincover into the bargain, worth £15. An extra bonus we’ve found is that it’s much more suitable for my husband, who is nearly 6 foot tall. He used to find the Mamas & Papas uncomfortable to push as he would end up kicking the rear axle, however he finds with the Graco the handle is higher and more comfortable, and he has enough striding room so that he doesn’t kick the back of the pushchair when walking. I never thought we 217;d find a pushchair he LIKED to push, but now we have! The folding mechanism is easy to use, but does require 2 hands so is perhaps not suited to someone who lives in a flat or uses public transport a lot, as you would have to put the child down somewhere while folding it. You can easily unfold it one-handed though. This opinion category is for the mirage as a travel system. I bought just the pushchair and don't have the car seat (I already had a rock a tot which I love) so I can't comment on that. Considering the price of it, I am very impressed with how robust the pushchair is. It is also available in twin version (which I can also recommend!).