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      18.08.2011 02:59
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      Fab!

      I bought this pram in a carboot sale for the bargain price of £10, it was brand new with the wrapping still on and I was really pleased!
      I am a bit of a pram-aholic, something a lot of women tend to turn into once they have had a baby it seems! I bought this for my son who was one and a half at the time and I loved it, I have wiped it down but not yet stripped it completely to wash as it isn't yet needed, however I think it is simple to strip the seat covers etc off and they will go in the washing machine.

      When I saw the pram there in the field I thought to myself that it was a neat looking little pram that looked as though it folded down small enough to fit that and a whole load of shopping in the boot of the car.... No, actually I thought.. I wonder how much that is??? lol!
      So I went over and had a look at it and gave it a push and it felt so light and comfortable to push that I knew I needed to persuade my hubby to leave me get it before even asking the price! My hubby knew what was coming so asked the man who was selling it how much he wanted for it and why he was selling it just in case there was something wrong with it!
      He first said he wanted £25 for it because it was brand new and his wife didn't know he had brought it to the boot sale as she had too many prams to keep track of, he then went on to say that he had ordered one of these prams from a catalogue and they had delivered two and that was the real reason? Who knows??
      Well my hubby offered him £10 and he said yes, so there, I had my new pram!!

      I had my son with me and he was on his daddies shoulders but I took the wrapping off the pram and popped him in, and he was as happy as larry in his new pram!
      I loved it straight away, even though it is quite a basic pushchair, it is light and comfortable to push and I had it in a grey and back colourway and it looked quite trendy.
      The fabric wipes down easily and doesn't seem to stain so I haven't yet had to strip the covers off this one but I will update this soon as I will be washing it asap.

      To put the pushchair up you simply unhook the catches, lift the handle and it flips into place, to fold it you fold the hood back, lift two handles and push on the lever with your foot and push the handle down, the pram all locks together and the handle slips over the hood making it really compact, there is also a little carry handle on the side.

      My son was in this pushchair until it was time to come out of it completely and I didn't buy another after this, except for now, for my newest little boy but it held out really well, I used it every day and every Sunday it would be dragged through a muddy field to watch my eldest son play Rugby. The pushchair got grubby but a simple wipe over would solve it and it still looks great now.

      Because it's so small it makes it ideal as it's got ample room for your child whilst still fitting neatly in the car, it's easy on public transport too, even though buses now have more room and can accomodate a pushchair, sometimes there are people there already meaning you can't get on the bus with your pram, this pram fold down so small and can be carried with ease it doesn't seem such a problem to get your child out and fold it up rather than stand around wating for the next bus.

      I have taken this pram on the beach whilst on holiday and in the past I have had problems with buggies get stuck in the sand, the only pram I didn't have trouble with was a three wheeler with inflatable tyres, until this, it was fine across the sand and I think it's because it's such a light weight pram.

      I haven't had any problems with this and I will be using it again.

      I do believe it is suitable from birth and can be used as part of a travel system.

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      04.05.2011 13:18
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      Excellent Pushchair at a great price

      I bought the Mamas and Papas Aria pushchair as a follow on pushchair from the Graco Mirage that I purchased for my son when he was first born. I paid £109.99 for the pushchair which also came with a free matching cosy toes footmuff and changing bag due to it being on special offer.

      The pushchair is very well made and very light weight which I found was a drawback of the Graco pushchair that I had previously. It has a 5 points safety harness to keep your little one safe and is easily adjustable to keep them safe and secure. The seat reclines to three different positions from sitting upright to lying flat. The pram folds flat, this is done by pulling the clips at the sides of the handle and lifting the bar at the button right up with your foot, then pushing it into the flat position and clipping it into the holder so it won't unfold. I found this easy to do; after looking at the instructions I managed to do it first time.

      The pushchair also has a tray at the front which can be taken off if you require, in the tray there is also a cup holder. The handle is comfortable and makes the pram easy to push. The wheels are small but I found the pushchair very responsive and very easy to push even with a lot of weight in it. There is a hood that I think is meant to be used as a sun shade but it's not nearly big enough to do this and hardly covers any of the pram. There is a shopping basket at the back underneath the pram which is very large and the netting it is made out of is very strong so can support a lot of weight.

      The Aria pushchair is also compatible with the Prima Viaggio car seats which clip in over the seat of the pushchair. This is a very well made pushchair which will do your child from 0 to 36 months.

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      27.10.2010 21:50

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      good holiday buggy..folds down small

      I bought the Mamas and Papas Aria pushchair as a second buggy because i wanted something alot lighter, that packed down smaller as i had a large bulky pramette style travel system.
      The Aria is a nice pushchair to look at, i got the pale blue and black colour which i thought was lovely and subtle, and unlike alot of bolder colours that pushchairs come in.I liked the footmuff and changing bag that came with it (i bought mine second hand so not sure if these come as standard) and it can be used as a travel system compatible with the primo viaggio carseat.
      Its definately light and folds down really small compared to other pushchairs so would be great as a holiday buggy as it hardly takes up any space.
      It has a 5 point harness, a drinks holder, a basket underneath, a removeable tray on the front that clicks on and off. The harness is not attached to the back of the seat (though ive just noticed in the picture that it is shown as being) which didnt feel so secure especially when little one was a bit younger and could lean forwards in the seat.
      The size of the hood was pretty useless and didnt do much in the way of shade! although with the amount of basket space underneath, i was glad to comprimise. The pushchair is a one handle design so couldnt pile all the bags on the handles (like you do!) but it had so much space underneath i didnt mind.
      To push, it wasnt amazing and seemed a bit "rickety" and not very sturdy.I also think that it made it harder with the one handle design because when trying to push it, it felt out of line and often veered in the wrong direction.I was disappointed when after a few weeks i had problems with the wheels where they kept spinning round and dragging so i had to put them onto the "lock" which made manouverability a nightmare!
      Overall, i would recommend the Aria pushchair as a temporary or holiday pushchair as it packs down really small for transport and has alot of basket space underneath.I wouldnt recommend it for anyone looking for a long term pushchair as it wasnt very sturdy and i had a few problems with it after just a few months of daily use.I bought a new pushchair after a few months as i wanted something more stable and durable with 2 handles but i still kept the changing bag, i love it!

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      17.05.2010 23:22
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      Not too expensive but there are better strollers out there for the same money.

      I bought this when i wanted a light weight pushchair that folded up small to fit nicely in the boot of the car and still be able to fit the shopping in. Well this was perfect for that.

      It is lightweight and a lot more compact than larger pushchairs. Really easy to lift and put into boot of car when folded.

      The shopping basket under the pram is quite large and you can fit quite a few things in there with no problem at all.

      Removable Bumper bar/ tray. This unclips effortlessly to allow easy access for a toddler to climb in without much fuss.

      I found that folding the pram was quite fiddly at first but once you get used to it, it seems to get easier :)

      It does look quite modern and stylish. So has the looking good factor.

      It can be used as a travel system when purchase with the correct baby car seat.

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      The steering of this pushchair is a nightmare. The wheels don't seem to go where you want them to go. They seem to have a mind of their own and while you may try to go one way this pram seems to want to go the other.

      Harder to get up a kerb than other strollers as the handle seems quite flimsy and you seem to have to use more force on it to lift up the front wheels in order to get them over the kerb.

      The harness is useless for a toddler and they can quite easily slip it off their shoulders and escape without much of a struggle.

      The seat is adjustable by a fabric toggle a the back wich is really hard to operate. I found I had to lift the seat slightly forward if baby was in to take the weight off so I could adjust either to sit up or lay down. Although it states it is usable from birth it does not lay completely flat.

      Not too expensive but there are better strollers out there for the same money.

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      16.11.2009 22:06

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      Had this pushchair as a travel system with the car seat and base, cheap pushchiar, but dont expect anything amazing from it. Only good thing about it is cheap always on offer and easy fold/unfold and big basket. The cons to this pushchair, not very stable at all, free harness, which means not attached to the back, didnt feel my 5month old was that safe, if i hate anything like a little bump in road i was always scared son would go forward and hit face off tray. Not very good on unstable ground.Good if just wanting holiday pushchair, but for a longlife pushchair isnt worth it as you'l be going out and buying a new one within the year!

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      25.10.2009 22:40
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      great little buggy does the job and quite cheap

      I have the Mamas and Papas Aria pushchair in blue. I bought it seccond hand but it retails in shops at £99-120.
      A nice sized little buggy with comfortable seat and thick 5 point harness. Also have the matching cosy toes and changing bag although im not sure if these come standard or extras.
      There is a play tray that clips on the front it is easy to remove and there is also a cup holder on it.
      The handle is comfortable although not adjustable.
      Nice fabric and looks good. It has a hood but I think this part is useless as it is not big enough so does not offer any shade or protection at all in any position. Seat reclines to flat position - adjusted by cord/clip which I do not think works very well as it is hard to level up the seat when moving it.
      The shopping basket underneath is very good its large and comes out a little more at the back for easy access which is also good as when child asleep I can still put things under with out trying to move the main seat!
      Easy to fold down - by pulling back the clips on sides of handle bar - and push the button at the bottom right side with you r foot and it will collapse. Folds small, the handle then pushes down and holds the buggy together to stop it opening when carrying.
      Wheels are small but it is light to push and I find it easy. I have never had any problems with it.
      The prima viaggio car seats are compatable with this pushchair and clip in to make it a travel system.

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        10.08.2009 13:07
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        not the best pushchair on the market

        I bought this as part of the travel system on offer at argos at the time for £99.99 which included group 0 car seat (which fits onto the pushchair) pushchair, footmuff, changing bag and raincover. The car seat is great, can't fault it but the pushchair isn't so good...
        Mine came in two toned mint aqua and grey which was perfect, not overstated like some. I found the pushchair quite difficult to collapse which is embarrassing when you are in the middle of a car park full of people although it does say its easy to collapse so thought it was me until other members of my family tried and you need to be a contortionist to do it. The raincover provided fits with the car seat on as part of the travel system however if you use it with the pushchair alone there is a huge expanse of raincover which looks odd especially as there is a join which goes over the car seat, as for putting the car seat on the pushchair, again something i could not do even following the instructions time and time again, i gave up in the end. the cosytoes footmuff fits fine on the pushchair and holds the harness in place, it is a floating harness which isn't so good when the footmuff is removed, my 7 month old who is into everything could quite easily move herself about and forward even when the straps were as tight as i could get them, thus rendering in my opinion the pushchair dangerous so i dont use it anymore.
        Steering the pushchair is quite difficult as the wheels tend to have a mind of their own and you can't use ordinary cheap shopping bag clips on the handle as its very thick, i had to buy bigger 'industrial strength' ones which fitted on with velcro which were much better. however the shopping basket at the bottom is quite adequate if you only want to get a bit of shopping although difficult to put things in if the seat is in the lay back position, but then thats the same for all pushchairs.
        the changing bag is more ornamental than anything, it is a satchel shape with a foldover flap, would be better with either a velcro or popper fastening as it doesn't stay shut on its own especially when you fill it with everything you need to go out for the day, you end up trying to take stuff out just so it will stay closed as much as possible, yes there is a zip that fastens on the inside at the top but the flap gets in the way. I personally wouldnt buy this model again, however with the deal the carseat which comes with the base was very good value and the pushchair was used for 7 months so I guess i have got value for money but as a first time parent i didnt have a clue as to what i was looking for in a pram, obviously now i know more so would choose more wisely in the future.

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        23.06.2009 18:15
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        excellent value for money!

        I bought this puschair as part of a travel system when i was expecting my daughter. AS far as value for oney goes i think it comes in as excellent, for just £99.99 i got the pushchair, car seat, foot muff, raincover and matching changing bag. Since i used it as a travel system i found it very easy to transfer the baby in the car seat to the pushchair without waking her. The puschair folds out very easily with a quick flick, it is also very light for lifting out the boot of the car, it also did not take up too much space either.
        I found it lovely to push - as did my mother in law.
        Superb for shopping as it has a large shopping basket under neath - however if you have the car seat attached it is difficult to things in the basket as the pushchair is fixed into the layback position which leaves a small gap to get the shopping in.
        I'll also add that the foot muff is lovely and snug, my daughter was nice and warm during the winter when we went out!

        If i chose again i would definetly buy this!

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        28.05.2009 12:47

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        Good buy & not a bad price if you shop round

        I bought this buggy when my son was 6 months old as i has had a large heavy travel system which no longer suited my needs.

        I needed something light weight & easy to fold and this ticked those boxes.
        When it folds it folds in half & the handle pushes down into the chassy so it is very compact & to unfold it it's done in one sharp flick.

        It reclines right the way back so is suitable from new born although mine didn't come with the padded strap cover thingys so i took the off my old buggy for extra comfort.The seat unit feels well padded & sturdy.

        The shopping basket is a good size & quite stong & sturdy ideal for all the stuff us mums lug around with us. the only draw back i found was that when the seat was laid right back i was a bit hard to get to.

        If you are looking for an all terrain, off road buggy in my appinion this is not it but for around town its brilliant.

        I use public transport alot & with its easy to fold & light weight chassy i found it ideal.

        All in all this buggy is great & reasonably priced.

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        06.09.2008 16:26
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        A good travel system, but if you are looking for a pram there are much better ones on the market.

        ~*~*~INTRODUCTION~*~*~


        My husband and I had been married a month when we found out I was expecting. We were over the moon but realised it didn't really give us chance to save. We decided early that we would opt for a travel system as it would save buying a car seat and a pram.
        We looked around Mothercare and Babies'r'us at all the different options, the prices still seemed quite high so we looked at the old faithful, the Argos catalogue. We saw the Mamas and Papas Aria, it came as a pushchair on its own for £99.99, or along with the Primo Viaggio and Mamas and Papas accessories for £129.99. We decided to go for it as a package, again saving money.





        ~*~*~FEATURES~*~*~


        -Suitable from birth to 3 years.

        -Floating 5 point harness, allowing the child to move around. This is fine for a toddler, but not so much for a baby.

        -Multi position backrest, adjusted by a toggle at the rear of the backrest.

        -Lockable swivel wheels, although I never used them.

        -Large shopping basket. I proved its strength when carrying most of our shopping back from the supermarket inside the basket, even tins.

        -Rain cover included, the rain cover will fit over the pushchair and car seat if using it as a travel system.

        -Bumper bar tray with cup holder.

        -Free standing when folded.

        - Surefix one click system that fastens the Primo Viaggio Group 0+ car seat. It took me a few times to get used to this but after a while I could do it first time.

        -Folded dimensions (L)82, (W)23, (D)51cm.

        -Handle height 98cm.

        - Weight 5kg.





        ~*~*~OPENING THE PUSHCHAIR~*~*~


        -To open pushchair, disengage the two frame locks at the bottom of the handle by pulling them outwards.

        -Pull the handle upwards, continuing until the pushchair is fully open.

        -Push down firmly on the handle until you hear a click.





        ~*~*~ADJUSTING THE BACKREST~*~*~


        -To lower the backrest, press the button on the toggle lock and pull down until the backrest is in the desired position.

        -To raise the backrest, hold the ropes ring in one hand and the toggle lock in the other. Pull the rope ring away from the toggle and the backrest will rise.





        ~*~*~OPERATING THE BRAKES~*~*~


        -To engage the brakes, press the brake bar with your foot situated on the rear wheels.

        -To release the brakes, push the brake bar up with your foot.





        ~*~*~USING THE HARNESS~*~*~


        -To lock the harness, push the tongues on the ends of the waist straps into the buckle on the crotch strap.

        -To unlock the harness, squeeze the ends of the tongues together and slide them out of the buckle.





        ~*~*~FITTING AND REMOVING THE CAR SEAT~*~*~


        -In the corners of the seat where the backrest joins the seat base there are two flaps. Under the flaps are the attachment brackets. Rotate the brackets upwards, then push them towards the armrests until they lock in position.

        -Place the backrest into its lowest position.

        -Align the locking clips on the bottom of the car seat with the attachment brackets on the pushchair.

        -Push the car seat down onto the attachment brackets until it locks into place (you will hear a click).

        -To remove the car seat, pull the lever located on the rear of the car seat upwards. At the same time lift the front of the car seat with the other hand.





        ~*~*~CLOSING THE PUSHCHAIR~*~*~


        -To close the pushchair, lift the two primary locks on the sides of the handle upwards and hold.

        -At the same time, push down the secondary lock on the right hand back leg using your foot and push the handle forwards.

        -Push the handle downwards until the frame is fully folded and locks shut (you will hear a click).





        ~*~*~MY OPINION~*~*~


        As a travel system I couldn't fault it. It folds up neat and tidy and I like the fact it is free-standing when closed. The basket is very large, fitting in most of my shopping. Once you have folded it a few times it is extremely easy.

        However, as a pushchair on its own I do not have the same opinion. The seat is uncomfortable as the backrest has nowhere to go when in the highest sitting position, instead the sides face in onto the seat and would regularly jab my son in the head. Although it is lightweight and folds neatly, it doesn't fold particularly small. This was no good once my son got bigger and we started using public transport. The rain cover is perfect for a travel system but it is far too big and difficult to put on as just a pushchair. Another fault is that as it has one handle, you cannot hang bags off it. Not good when you're a shopaholic like myself.

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          20.06.2008 00:55
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          I bought the Aria for my son when he was about 4 months old because I wanted something lightweight that would be easy for shopping around town.

          To begin with I was pleased with it as it did tick the lightweight box especially compared to the heavy travel system I was used to.

          I took it into town and I found it quite difficult to steer around the shops as it is almost like the wheels have got a mind of their own! I personally could not steer it one handed as I would end up crashing it, which is very embarrassing!!

          The shopping basket underneath is a good size and is very easy to get to; it has served me well on my many outings.

          The seat is quite well padded and my son was always comfortable in it and often fell asleep while we were out. Behind the seat is a pully strap that can be loosened to recline the seat back and tightened to make the seat upright. The only problem I found was that as my son got older and heavier it got more difficult to tighten the strap while he was in the pushchair.

          The Aria folds down quite easily and quite flat which I was pleased with and takes seconds to put back up again. Which is handy for me as I tend to use public transport when on my own. I won't go into too much detail about how to actually fold it down as it is difficult to explain without any diagrams of how the pushchair looks, but rest assured it is easy!

          I have read other reviews that mention it is not suitable on rough terrain and I can't really comment on that as I only used it on flat concrete surfaces which it was fine on apart from the difficult steering.

          It was an okay pushchair but I think I expected more from the Mama's and Pappas brand. I'm sure there are much better pushchairs that would tick all the boxes rather than just one or two.

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            17.01.2007 15:19

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            I bought this for my child and it has been a nightmare! I find shopping trolleys a lot easier to steer than the mamas and papas aria. The supposedly swivel wheels gets stuck on even the smallest stone, it is hard to push, and what with the brake being so low it tends to come on when trying to get the pram up steps. A waste of money!

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            16.10.2004 20:51
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            The Aria Advance is probably the lightest from birth pushchair available, weighing only 5 kilos. This makes it a fantastic choice if you live in the city - it's easy to get on and off buses, easy to carry up stairs and into flats, and in and out of the car. It's also perfectly comfortable, and converts into a travel system like the other Mamas and Papas pushchair. Drawbacks are that it wouldn't be suitable for rougher terrain than the pavement and is a little difficult to get things in and out of the shopping basket when the seat is flat, but at more than 3 kilos lighter than many other from birth pushchairs, it's a godsend for urban mums.

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              Forget it - what a nightmare of a pushchair! The wheels are so small that it's incredibly hard to push and they seem to have a mind of their own. RESULT - serious wrist and arm ache AND you you have to lift it up every little rise. You can forget going for a walk along a country track in the woods or around a carboot sale in a field. The wheels get stuck in every little dip. I was walking along the high street in Chertsey and there are narrow rain gutters across the pavement. The front wheels got caught in one of the gutters and the momentum made the whole puschair tip up. I nearly fell over the whole puschair and my son would have been catapulted out had he not had the harness on. The centre of gravity is all wrong. RESULT - takes far too much effort to get it up a kerb. You really have to lean on the handle to tilt it up. Straps aren't secure. RESULT - they seem to fit well enough, but a toddler can easily slip them off their shoulders and then climb out. It IS very lightweight, compact and easy to carry, I'll give it that, but it's just such hard work. So much for pushing it with one hand. I tried it with a tray of food in the other hand. Pushing it across the smooth floor of the food court in a straight line was near impossible with my son in it. Also on the plus side, it has quite a large basket underneath which is easy to access. It also features a removeable bumper bar, which is useful to allow a toddler to climb in and out and so avoid lifting them. It is sold as "suitable from birth", but be aware that it doesn't lie flat. I didn't have the pushchair when my son was newborn, so I can't comment on how a newborn looks in it, but it isn't anywhere near as flat as the "from birth" pushchair I did have.

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              Lightweight compact pushchair.