“ Suitable from 3 months / multi-position seat / all-round suspension / lockable swivel wheels / Comfortable grip handles / Shopping basket. „
Last summer we were planning our usual family holiday to Mablethorpe when I realised that we were going to struggle to get everything in the car.
We had recently downsized to a Zafira and with four children and enough luggage to last the holiday my Silver Cross Pop just wasn't going in. In our old car we used to put the buggy across the passenger foot well in the middle row but the Zafira doesn't have as much leg room and even for a stroller the Silver Cross is quite big.
I had a search around in various shops and online and eventually decided on the Mothercare Jive. The price was a little more than I had wanted to pay but I was struggling to find anything that met my needs in the time I had available before our trip.
I bought the Jive early last year and paid around £35 for the stroller and an extra £15 for the accessory pack. I bought the pink one as I didn't want any of the characters ones and fell for the girly look straight away. At the moment (March 2012) Mothercare have the jive on offer at £29.99 with the accessory pack for £9.99.
I chose the jive for two main reasons, firstly it folded down smallish and secondly it reclines. I needed it small to fit in the car and I wanted it to recline as my daughter was only around fourteen months when we first used the buggy and still had regular naps. I opted for the accessory pack that included a hood and rain cover as this made the buggy more suitable for the British weather. The pack also included a reversible seat liner.
The buggy is very light and easy to lift and push so would also be ideal for going on a plane or public transport. The buggy does have all round suspension but as it is very light it doesn't feel like it sometimes. The handles are not adjustable and face forward instead of being angled like most seem to be these days. There isn't any padding on the handles but as we only use this for strolling along the promenade or around the animal sanctuary I don't find it too uncomfortable. I used to have a buggy with handles like this for everyday use and it made my hands and wrist ache so I imagine the Jive would too if used for long periods.
I really struggled when trying to collapse the Jive so there must be a knack to it or I am just being stupid. I am hoping to get the hang of it this year. Putting the buggy up is easy as it simply unfolds like most umbrella fold buggies.
The recline mechanism on the seat is easily adjustable and is controlled by a strap that runs around the back of the seat. The back of the seat is quite soft because of the strap and not as rigid as some other buggies that we have owned. To recline the seat you simply depress the clip with one hand and slide it down. Putting the seat back into the upright position is a bit fiddlier and does take two hands but is easy once you have done it a few times.
The brakes are operated by a lever with your foot and seem sturdy enough. I have hardly used them but have not experienced any problems so far.
You can hang bags on the handles but they do slip down if you don't have the hood to stop them. I will be lost when we don't need a buggy anymore as with four children our buggy is always well loaded with changing bags and snacks and buckets and spades.
There is a five point harness that is easily adjusted and quick and easy to operate. There is a basket underneath which is handy for keeping bits in but this is hard to access when the seat is fully reclined.
Depending which colour or character you buy everything is co-ordinated and there is the matching accessory pack available. This year (2012) the accessory pack includes a hood, a rain cover and a bag to carry them in. The accesory pack no longer includes a seat liner but I would recommend one for a bit of extra comfort. I think the colours this year are flowers and dinosaurs and there is also My Jungle and Union Jack available but these are not on offer and don't have accessory packs available.
The Jive is only suitable from 6 months and up to 15K but I think it is perfect as an occasion stroller. I would say that it is best used for holidays or to keep as a spare at grannies. This buggy would also be ideal for an older child who wants to walk but still needs the buggy occasionally. I think the offer price is much more reasonable and would not have paid full price if I hadn't been on a deadline. If you consider that Red Kite, Chicco, Babyweaver and many other manufacturers make and sell normal every day buggies that come with hoods and raincovers and even bootcovers for around £50, this isn't really a cheap alternative.
The Jive is also widely available second hand online on sites like ebay and preloved.
In my opinion, this is a great stroller for the money, I have had mine for a year now and as I don't drive, it is perfect for buses. You don't have to worry that you will have to wait for a low loader, you can pop it down with one hand and easily carry it, it is that light. However, if like me you walk everywhere, you will find that the wheels wear easily. As I said I have only had it for a year and already I have had to retire it to the skip and the back wheels are completely worn through. You will have to pay the same again for the raincover set as you did for the buggy (or you can do what I did and get one from boots that is compatable for £11). Despite the fact that it wore out so quickly, I would still class it as value for money. I had to upgrade to a double buggy at the time it wore out anyway so it wasn't too bad and I did walk a couple of miles a day 4/5 times a week with it, so for others that are probably not going to put it through its paces as much, it will probably last lot longer. My daughter would fall asleep in it easily and it was esy to transport, would definately buy another one when I downgrade to a single buggy again.
I have had my jive for 3 years now and it is so light and easy to use, it is basic but I use it for popping in and out of shops etc when my main pushchair is too heavy and bulky to use.Overall it is a very useful handy second pushchair.
This is one of the best of the cheaper strollers that you can buy In my opinion, its sturdy, good looking, available in many trendy fabrics and colourways and is fully wipeable. It does have a recline but does not lie flat so not suitable from birth, more like from six months.
Also you will need to buy a raincover as there isnt one supplied with it, hence the price of £34.99, the raincover costs around £12.99 too..
There is no hood on this buggy, it is a very basic buggy ..
It has lockable swivel wheels whick are a godsend for ease of movement and a very usefull shopping basket, although it is not recomended for heavy shopping just light goods, mothercare offer a six month guarantee with this product.
Folded: 102 x 27cm
Handle height: 98.5cm
Assembled size: L85 x W48 x H96cm
Folding... the folding mechanism is so simple, you pull up a handle at the back behind the seat unit then push down the leaver that sticks out to the right of the seat unit (along from the handle you just pulled) then it folds down very easily and has a small clip to hold it closed, it is recomended that you remove the raincover before folding as you can bend the structure of the raincover..
It fits in pretty much all boots of all makes of cars...
I can wholeheartedly recomend this stroller as we have had ours for well over two years and its been fantastic . I also used to work at mothercare world and we sold loads of these for holidays and older children after they have grown out of the travel systems.
You can add a "jive accessory pack"
Each set includes:
Reversible seat pad/liner
Mothercare lie-back raincover
Duffle bag to hold accessories
Happy strolling x
This is a must for any parent with a toddler! This is great for when your child is walking, but you still need a stroller,(just in case). My daughter is two now and insists on walking everywhere (especially when i'm in a hurry)! But she soon becomes tired and this stroller is light and easy enough to tag along. I take mine everywhere we go because it is flexible to manoeuvre and light,(essential when you are dragging a child and dozens of bags as well)! The shopping bag is strong and holds enough for a few quick things down the shop. It is easy to fold up and compact when done so. Easy to to chuck in the back of the car or to carry on and off the bus. It has adjustable straps for when your child wants to sit up and watch whats going on or is tired and just wants to lay back and relax. It is easy enough for you as the parent, but also sturdy and comfortable for your child. (I have tried the flimsier ones which are light for you to move around, but i find uncomfortable on the child who has to sit all squoshed up in it)! And the fact that it is pink and has the word princess on it makes it cool enough for any girl to hang out in! In summary, I believe this is the best value for money, the easiest for you and most comfortable for your child. Please note, i believe this stroller also comes in blue.