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Ideal for holidays
Jive stroller Princess
Member Name: mumto3
Jive stroller Princess
Date: 26/03/12, updated on 26/03/12 (100 review reads)
Advantages: folds up smallish - reclines - light - easy to carry and lift - pretty - accesories
Disadvantages: not much suspension - expensive
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.
Summary: A girly holiday buggy