all the advantages of a city pushchair but is cleverly adapted to suit rugged terrain – a truly modern pushchair.
Voyager Travel System comes complete with a Group 0 (birth – 10 kg) AutoBaby car seat. Using Graco’s unique “Lift and Lock” technology, you can “lift” the car seat out of the car and “lock” it onto the pushchair in one easy movement.
Auto Baby fits easily into your car and has a special level indicator to help you ensure it is correctly positioned. Suitable form birth „
Ahhh, I was sorry to see the end to this pram. Unfortunately the back wheels fell off in the end but don't let that put you off! Graco were very helpful and the back wheels were available to buy. It just wasn't worth it as my son was at the age of needing a stroller.
Now to the positives....
This is was what I considered to be a cheap mid range travel system. There were the cheaper ones for just over £100, those for £400 and I think we paid about £200 possibly a bit more for this. Well worth it though!
We bought it from Argos and I was most excited when it arrived. The autumn range colour was a lovely beige and cream design making it stand out from the bog standard usual black prams. The car seat was gorgeously cosy and secure with a fab little headrest for newborn baby. I actually found though that this headrest, having had my son in the summer made him quite hot and sticky around his head, so after about 2 months we didn't use it. There was actually no need for it either as the actual rest on the car seat is secure enough without it. I loved the fact you could sit the car seat towards you and the opposite end near the handlebars, would pull over as a canopy, protecting baby from the eliments! In light rain this was fabulous as there was no need to have to put the raincover on.
It had a fabulous sized shopping basket, sturdy wheels (until one broke off lol... but it was after 18 months!)... and had been used heavily for all that time! sooo.... lots of room for shopping, sturdy wheels, great canopy to protect bubs, secure car seat, easy to fit into the pram and once bubs is big enough, voila, the pram turns into a pushchair.
Wtih secure fastenings, legrest, even a protective plastic bar with room for child to place their drink in and food - the pushchair part of the pram was fab fab fab!! Many a trip was spent with my son sat munching crisps or apple out of his plastic tray infront of him, and bottle (until the bottle got lobbed out)
There is a slight disadvantage, but not a huge one. It's pretty hefty to shift around, but then I think most travel systems are. It says its to last probably until child is 3, but my son was out of it by 18 months. By this time, I'd had enough of lugging it on and off buses, and once the wheel broke off it was just easier to get a stroller.......... strollers.... hmmmmmmmm now theres another few reviews to write!
All in all, a great buy, fab pram, secure, comfortable and sturdy. I'd definately recommend these prams!
When my son was born I trawled through the magazines and shops deciding which pram i wanted. Finally i decided on a lovley green number (i'll not mention the brand) which looked the part. It was gorgeous, just the pram I wanted. Completely passed me by that i lived in a flat or that i didnt drive - i just wanted this pram. Time and again i was stuck in town waiting for hours on end for a low floor bus to come along and bring me home, or just pay for a taxi, making a day out very expensive. The pram was cumbersome, awkward, whatever you want to say. My mum owned a Peugot 206 and it was a struggle to get it into. There was only room for the pram and one other passenger, so manys a time I had to get the bus while my nephew went in the car!! So i sold it on (ha ha) and bought a second hand silvercross buggy. This was ideal, really easy to push, folded flat, could face baby towards me or away. When my daughter was born I bought one of the duo prams, and put my buggy to the back of the cupboard, to be brought back out when she was older and her brother no longer wanted to go into the pram. This worked out well, then I sold on the duo pram when it was no longer used. Then i got pregnant again, and decided i didnt want another pram, my lie back buggy would be fine. But when she was born i suddenly regretted this, as it didnt look comfortable and there was no shelter for her. One day standing at the bus stop one of my neighbours mentioned she had a pram she never really used as she had lived in a flat and found it too much - would i like it? So i thought why not? It'll do me until baby is big enough for my buggy. I then discovered the pram i should have bought six years ago!!! The car seat is fantastic, it clips in easily, the hood comes up to meet the one on the car seat, baby is snug and warm inside. If an old clapped out bus comes along, I just pop off the car seat and pull the handles and the pram col
lapses and is so light i can easily lift it in one hand, with the car seat in the other. If i am out with the kids and their dad picks us up, i have baby in the car seat already (he is useless at remembering to bring it!) The kids love the tray - where they can put their drinks, sweets or whatever when we are out. There is a temptation to allow an older child to stand on the back, my daughter tried once, but if you were to hit a bump, or step down off a kerb, the car seat part would roll off as there is no attachment at the front of the seat. (i know - it happened!) The only other downside is there is not a really big basket underneath, but this is common to alot of prams. The pram is light, easy to push and so warm. I have seen what they retail for and i cant believe i was so lucky to be given one for nothing!! In my opinion this is a fair contender for the perfect pram!
When I became pregnant with my first child three years ago, my partner and I had to start thinking about pram and pushchair purchases. We live in a very small house and that was something we had to take into consideration because of a complete lack of storage space. All the prams that I had seen were rather big and bulky, and didn?t fold down very small. Also, if we bought a pram, then it would mean buying a separate pushchair at a later date; which meant spending out again and money was also a big consideration. So when I heard about a system which was a pushchair that had the facility to attach a car seat to it, I more or less decided that this was what we needed there and then. After all, we needed a car seat as well and the idea I had in mind was that while the baby was small we could use the car seat with the pushchair in place of a pram; then change to the pushchair once she had out grown the car seat. A visit to Babies-R-Us found us what we wanted. They had three different models of Graco Voyager Travel System and of course three different prices. The lowest priced one was smaller than the other two and somehow the quality of it didn't look quite as good as that of the others. The middle priced one, besides being a bit bigger, had a few extra accessories, one of which was a canopy on the pushchair. The most expensive one was basically the same as the middle range one, but with a few extra luxuries which we felt were unnecessary. If I remember correctly, these included double wheels at the back as well as the standard double front wheels. After a bit of discussion, we settled on the 'Deluxe' which was the middle of the range one and also happened to be my partner's favourite colours: black and yellow. When I first heard about these travel systems, the prices were near the £300 mark. However when we finally got around to buying the Graco, about four months later, it was in the sale at about £150. Prices today seem to vary
between £99 for the small one and £200 for the top of the range model. Unsurprisingly, when you purchase the pushchair it needs some assembling. The fact that it comes with two fat instruction manuals (one for the pushchair and one for the car seat) was at first rather daunting. That was until I discovered that only the first eight pages were in English and the rest of the manual was filled with instructions in six other languages. I was also pleased to find that the car seat came ready assembled except for the attaching of the hood. As instructions are not my partner's forte, it was left to me to do the assembling. There are two sets of instructions. There are the written ones at the front of the manual, which make references to the diagrams which fold out at the back of the manual. It would probably have been easier to follow had the diagrams been with the text, but then I suppose that would have meant extra printing for each language. The two sets of instructions were definitely necessary, as I would not have been able to assemble the pushchair (at least not in one day!) with just diagrams or just written instructions. On saying that though, they weren't overly complicated; unlike another pushchair I recently tried assembling. Fastening harnesses and adjusting the back of the seat is also straight forward and not too fiddly. There are a few accessories included with this model; there is a parent's tray (basically a drinks tray) which attaches to the handle of the pushchair. Although this has its uses, I don't honestly use it much these days. Then there is a child's tray which attaches in front of the pushchair in the same way as an arm bar. This is what the car seat clips on to when used in conjunction with the pushchair. Unfortunately no rain cover comes with the pushchair, so that has to be bought separately. However, I did find that when I used the car seat with the pushchair I could pull the canopy on the chair
forward to meet with the hood on the car seat and this proved to be quite an effective rain cover. The canopy even has a little window which can be uncovered if you want to let a bit of light in to your baby. It is supposed to be so that you can look at him/her, but if you can make out your baby in the blur that can be seen through the plastic then you might want to consider a job in ultrasound scanning? The canopy was also useful when I did have to get a rain cover because in meant that I could get the cheaper 'bubble' cover rather than having to purchase the overly expensive Graco one which had a built in frame. The canopy was not the only useful feature on this model which I ended up being grateful for. When walking into town with a mother who had bought the smaller model, I couldn't help noticing that the wheels, which were half the size of mine, kept getting stuck on small bumps. Mainly it was when she was going onto the pavement at crossing points where the curb stones are sunken, but stick up about an inch. My larger wheels went over these with no trouble. In general the pushchair is easy to push and control. The handle is at a nice height which means I don't end up stooping like you can do on some pushchairs. It isn't too high either so shorter people, like my mum, don't have trouble with it. The back wheels have suspension which makes the ride a bit smoother than with a standard buggy. I also used to use it when standing still to bounce my daughter to sleep; so it has had some wear and is still going well nearly 2 ½ years later. The front wheels swivel and make light work of steering on pavements and other smooth surfaces. They do, however, rattle a bit so you don?t exactly get silent running. When it comes to rough surfaces like dirt or gravel paths the swivel wheels need to be locked to avoid them veering off in opposite directions. To lock them you simply slide up the buttons at the front. They slide up easily en
ough and as you are bumping along they also slide down rather easily. This is a pain as it means that you have to stop every so often to slide them back up. Or alternatively you could just push it along on the back wheels, which, as you can imagine, gets tiring over a distance. Another feature which can be a bit of a problem is the foot brake. It is basically a bar which runs between the back wheels with a lever at either end. To apply the brake you flick the lever down and to release it you flick it up. It is slightly easier to apply than to release which means that if you catch it with your foot whilst walking it comes on. On occasions it has even been known to come on, on its own. The seat has three reclining positions: bolt upright, slightly reclined and flat. Under the seat is a nice big cargo net which is ideal for little shopping trips and I love it. There is just one problem though. When the car seat is on the pushchair, the chair has to be in the flat position, which leaves you only a small gap through which to get your items. This means that anything bulky either has to be carried or the car seat removed in order to get it in. Folding the pushchair down does need two hands, unlike with my lightweight buggy. Also, it folds flat, but does not go any narrower; again unlike a lightweight buggy. This means that it only just fits into the boot of my Fiesta and will only fit one way. So fitting any more than a couple of bags of groceries in there with it is out of the question. In short, it is quite bulky and a little on the hefty side, but you can't win 'em all. Now the car seat I absolutely love. Besides obviously being a child safety seat for the car, I have also used it in the place of a pram, as a carry cot, a rocker and a baby seat. The handle has three different positions. When used in the car and being carried it needs to be in the upright position. Attaching it to the pushchair is incredibly simple. It simply
slots onto the child tray and faces towards you as you are pushing. The handle is then pushed back until it clicks into the second position. You are also provided with a Velcro strap, one end of which connects to the back of the pushchair seat and the other end to the harness adjuster on the car seat. For a long time I wasn't actually aware of this strap and therefore didn't use it, but I think it is just an extra safety precaution as the seat attaches firmly without it. The seat has a rounded base and rocks very well on a smooth floor, but you need to keep the handle in the upright position if you are doing this or it will over balance. If you push the handle right back and down into the third position it stabilises the seat and I used to feed my eldest daughter in it when she was weaning. Hence I never bothered getting one of those bouncy seats. It would have just been more expense and more clutter. The covers have all come off and been washed and they haven't shrunk or faded; unlike with my toddler car seat whose covers faded first wash and never really fitted properly anyway! It just goes to show that you get what you pay for? All in all the Graco Voyager Deluxe Travel system has served me well. To date it has been in use coming up for 2 ½ years is on baby number two and is occasionally being used for the toddler as well. Although it?s not perfect, for anybody with a small house who could do with something multi purpose I would highly recommend it. It has saved me quite a bit of money and space. I have had one person tell me that their Graco's wheel fell off, but have not had that experience myself. As with most items these days though, it does come with the usual 1 year guarantee or warrantee. I would say that it is good value for money. ~#~ Caradawn ~#~
This really is a great Travel System- very lightweight, hardy, well designed, easy to clean, loads of basket space, easy to collapse and snap open, and it's done us really well. However, 14 months down the road of parenthood, it's gone into storage and we've bought ourselves a new, lighter stroller. I wish I had known about dooyoo when we were making the initial purchase ! The integrated car seat only lasts for nine months, if you're lucky, so that's another purchase you'll have to bear in mind for the later stages of baby's first year. Of course, as baby gets heavier, so does the pushchair !We've found that as our daughter has grown, the Graco became more and more cumbersome, and as someone has mentioned, you need a lot of boot space to store it when going out and about- our Escort boot had no extra room once the Graco was in it! It also has quite a wide rear wheel space - a nightmare in those shops, continuously bumping into bottom shelves ! It is a very comfortable and secure system, though, and has many useful features like the excellent sun canopy, foot and hand rests, easy to use harness, and three-position seat which lies completely flat at it's lowest setting. Going back, we would have been better off buying a lighter stroller suitable from birth, umbrella folding, and a separate carseat.
I own the Graco coachrider. It is an excellent pram/pushchair , i am very pleased with it and definately think i made a good choice. It is light in weight , very easy to manouver and very trendy. It has a large shopping basket which is very handy if you are a shopaholic like me. It is slim in width so fits through almost any door opening you approach with no trouble at all. The thing that attracted me to this pram was the fact that it layed back flat like a carrycot but without the handles , which makes it very suitable for newborn babies. When you feel your baby is ready , you can turn it round so that it faces outwards and your baby can see what is going on in the world. But can still lay flat if you prefer. The only downside to this pram i have found is that you cannot purchase a raincover to fit it without phoning all round the country. There doesn't seem to be a raincover to fit when you have it as a carrycot facing you, but as soon as you turn it round your problems are solved. After searching shop after shop in town after town for a raincover i ended up phoning Graco direct who to my surprise didn't know where i could get one. I have now turned it round and managed to purchase a universal raincover from Argos and i no longer have any problems when i get caught in the rain. Apart from this one letdown , overall i love the pram and would reccomend it to other people but hope that they have more luck than i did to find a raincover for it.
We bought the Graco Voyager LX travel system for my second son mainly because I wanted a travel system, and also because I was so impressed with it in the shop. It is a lovely design, and very comfortable for baby. It's easy to push and can either have the wheels in a locked or swivel position. The wheels are quite large, so I think this helps to make pushing and steering that much easier, and also a much smoother ride for your baby. The car seat has an easy to adjust five point harness, and you just sit the car seat onto the pram until it clicks into place, then it is secured with a velcro fastener.. it's as simple as that! It's also handy that the car seat has its own hood (some car seat hoods have to be bought separately), and head hugger. I have found thats its great for when you are out and about because when my son falls asleep in the car seat, he doesn't have to be disturbed to be put into a pram/pushchair, he just stays in there warm, snug, and secure. The only down side to this travel system is the size of it!.... I didn't think about it at the time that I bought it, but it really is quite difficult fitting it into the Boot of my little Corsa..... I haven't managed to find a way of getting it in there with the parcel shelf in there aswell, which is a real pain! (we are looking for a bigger car now). I don't regret buying it, and would recommend it to anyone... but do check it will fit into your car! I paid £127 for it and that was in the sale (it would have been £177), but I have seen that it can be bought for as little as £100 which is a real bargain for this lovely pram.
Having pushed around quite a few prams in my time, I knew that when my little boy came along we were going to get the best for him. No stubborn wheels, wobbly frames and poorly though-out designs for my lad! I did some research and thought that the Graco Voyager looked the best bet and the first time I saw it I was pretty impressed. As a three-in-one (pram, car seat, carrycot) it all seemed to work well together and we shelled out about £200, which was a little more than I was hoping to spend, but isn’t everything that you buy for a new baby? In the first few days it felt quite big and sturdy, but how would I feel about it after a few months? Well, I am full of praise for the Voyager LX and rate it as one of our best baby buys. Here’s why: 1. It copes with almost any terrain easily, even the muddy and very uneven tracks in our village. 2. The Voyager is incredibly light for its size. I can lift it easily with one hand. 3. It folds up pretty small and can even fit in my wife’s Mini (although it is a bit of a squeeze)! 4. Lots of little features that show the designers actually thought about it - like the see-through window on the hood and the good storage space underneath that stays in place when you fold up the pram. 5. The satisfying click when the pushchair is unfolded and the carrycot is placed back – a little thing missed by many manufacturers. I want to know our baby is safe! All in all a very well designed 3-in-1 that I can recommend to anyone. It may not be cheap but few quality baby things are.
For those of us that aren't alluent in Spanish that means Thank you!!! We bought our travel system from ToysRUs for £79.99 - I know, what a deal! We opted for the 3 position system rather than the 4 becasue we already had a car seat/carrier. We have had two pushchairs before but both had been seconf hand / nearly new - but I have to say that this was such a bargin we just had to buy it. It is a sturdy pushchair with good suspension but not too much so it rocks all over the place. It comes with a detachable drinks unit. It also has a very handy velcro peek flap on the top of the cover to enable you to see your little one and whether they are sleeping. My concern was when we bought it was that the back is only fixed with velcro and that it had large gaps showing .. however, after using it now for 5 months we haven't had any problems with draughts (we'll reserve judgment until winter sets in). The chair fold flat and will fit into most car boots - beware the rain cover as it rips easily. Overall this push chair is very good for the price - it is suitalbe from birth right up to 3 years old. it is easy to manuvere and very pleasant to look at
When expecting our baby, my husband and I shopped around looking for a pram/pushcair that was low in price, practical and colourful. I had seen the graco voyager in a mothercare catalogue and loved it, but thought it would be pricey. I later saw it in a Tesco's catalogue and was amazed at the price - so Visa in hand I rang to order it, but sadly they were out of stock. In the end I managed to get one off the net (from a baby store in Blackpool), it was on offer with a free baby bag to match, sun parasol to match, cosy toes/apron and rain cover all for £199. My son is now a year old and I still use it. He grew out of the car seat at about 6 months (but he was a big baby). I would recommend this travel system to everyone, how easy it was to just unclip the car seat from the pushchair without waking him and put it straight into the car. It has a large shopping bag/basket, a handy tray to put your drinks in, it is quite a high pushchair which makes it easier to handle, it is heavily padded for comfort, the car seat has a hood, head hugger and is also heavily padded. But the thing I like most about this pushcair is that it comes apart to machine wash all that sticky fabric!!!
This is a good all round travel system. The car seat is well padded and very comfortable if my baby's sleep paterns are anything to go by. It has a useful shopping tray underneath,although access can be difficult and the tray for the handlebars is convenient.. In sunny weather I can keep my baby in the shade by pulling the hood over her and still see her through a useful little window It is still rather large when folded up and does not quite fit into my car's boot (a small hatchback). All the safety information for the car seat is quite a lot to get through but I assume that is similar for all car seats. assembly was made much harder than it needed to be by just having one booklet which covered all the Graco pram/pushchair etc models and you have to search through for the bits that apply to you. folding the chair down still seems to be beyond my husband and admittedly it is a bit fiddly but not hugely so. All in all a practical comfortable system
When we were cosidering prams before the arrival of our little girl we looked at the pros and cons of all brands/makes/models/price ranges etc - as anyone does I imagine. We were delighted with our final purchase - the Graco Voyager Travel System - a comfortable, functional pram with an attractive SAFE car seat. It is packed with useful features - fixed or 'off-road' wheel mode; hood with a little 'peek-a-boo' opening so that you can either check on baby or leave open so that they can see what's going on!; three-position seat - full lie-back for new-borns; very easy to adjust harness; comfortable padded seat; the car-seat comes complete with head-hugger which is crucial in those early days. All-in-all a very rugged and practical pram. Now that my little girl has out-grown the car seat - I realise just HOW CONVENIENT it is to be able to transport from car to house or onto pram when baby is sleeping. I only wish I could have had that luxury longer!!!
all the advantages of a city pushchair but is cleverly adapted to suit rugged terrain – a truly modern pushchair. / Voyager Travel System comes complete with a Group 0 (birth – 10 kg) AutoBaby car seat. Using Graco’s unique “Lift and Lock” technology, you can “lift” the car seat out of the car and “lock” it onto the pushchair in one easy movement. / Auto Baby fits easily into your car and has a special level indicator to help you ensure it is correctly positioned. Suitable form birth