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I ordered this pushchair in June 2011 when I was 4 months pregnant with my second child. I still had my eldest child's travel system, but after 3 years of use it had seen better days and I wanted my new baby to have something a bit more lightweight and compact. I randomly visited a shop in Leicester called Baby Planet. They had a wide selection of prams and pushchairs and I was debating over the usual Pliko Pramette, or a Hauck travel system as this was the only one left and was a reduced package price. Then, I spotted this lovely little silver shiny thing in the corner. There were 2 displayed, one with the carry cot and one without. I fell in love with it straight away. The staff did a good demonstration, I pushed it around the shop for a while, and I was smitten!
The puschair itself comes in black, but you can then choose your "colour pack" which consists of a hood and pushchair inlay, apron (if you choose the carrycot) and a nice bag to carry them all in. There is a choice of 12 Colours: Apple, Avocado, Claret, Dolphin Grey, Electric Blue, Grape, Lime, Ocean, Orange, Rose, Tomato and Yellow. Trying to choose a neutral colour, we went for Tomato (which is basically red) and we went for the car seat option rather than the carry cot option as we thought this was more practical, and didn't really see the necessity for a carry cot. This is of course personal choice and circumstances. The pushchair looks lovely with the carry cot or the car seat attached. For the bargain price of £319 we got the pushchair, car seat, raincover, 3 footmuffs (1 for car seat, 1 winter one for the pushchair, and a more lghtweight one for the pushchair also), our selected colour pack and car seat adaptors. We were very impressed with the orice considering everything we were getting, especially as at the moment Mothercare have it for £569!
The car seat is very light and has a retractable hood. It is extremely easy to attach and detach to the pushchair frame, you simply unclip the adaptors from each side and it lifts off. The car seat does only come in one colour option of black, which at the time I was a little disappointed about, but now I can't really imagine it in any other colour, it would be a bit "too much".
The pushchair itself is fab! It lifts on and off the frame in the same way as the car seat, and has many reclining positions. It can be forward or rearward facing which is exactly what I was looking for. I love being able to see my daughter, and especially when my son is on his buggy board, they can see and interact with each other which they both love. We did not realise until when we got the pushchair home that it also has a fantastic hidden accessory. On the underside of the pushchair, pretty much underneath where Baby's feet sit, there is a zipped pocket. Hidden inside is a fantastic UV protection sun net. You can pull it out, and stretch it completely over the pushchair hood so it completely protects Baby from the sun. As it is mesh the baby can still everything and everyone. It is attached at the bottom inside the zip pocket so you don't have to worry about it coming off or pulling it too much, It always covers baby. This was particularly useful on a recent holiday to Florida where it was sunny and 30 degree heat. Baby could enjoy the sunshine but still stay protected. My daughter did not burn at all. It was also a huge talking point for Americans as they had never seen anything like it before and I had many people stop and ask me about it. However, we did also buy the Oyster parasol which kind of became a bit redundant then as the net provides better coverage and protection for baby. The hood is very easy to attach and detach,and also has a zipped section which makes the hood come over that little bit more. This is great when Baby is sleeping as they are nearly completely covered.
The chassis is also great, and comes in a choice of black or silver. I find myself that it is a little awkward to fold down, but I think I just don't have the right knack as my husband can do it with no problems. It folds up very compact and takes up very little space in the car boot. We have found that it is easier to detach the pushchair from the chassis and fold up separately as it doesn't quite fold up as compactly with the pushchair still attached. It is possible to do though. The shopping basket on the bottom is the perfect size. At first sight it can appear a little small, but it is quite deep so is deceptive. All of the wheels are detachable at a simple push of a button, so if you are struggling to fit it in the boot of the car, it can be even more compact. To attach, you simply slot them back into the holes until you hear it click, and that's it, it takes seconds! The chassis is a joy to push, with either car seat or pushchair attached. It is so lightweight and smooth for Baby. The handle is also adjustable, with 3 different height settings, so if you or your partner are on the taller side it can be pushed at a comfortable position.
This is an absolutely brilliant pushchair. I love it and am so pleased we bought it. Baby loves it too as she always seems very comfortable and never gets fed up after being in it for a while. It is also quite a head turner as they are not that common at the moment. In my opinion, it is as good, if not better than the Quinny or Bugaboo. On the rare occasion that you do pass somebody on the street with a Babystyle Oyster, you do find yourselves giving each other a little smile that says "We have great pushchairs!"
I bought this product for my daughter who had just turned 4 months at the time. I got it from Argos for £60. I was looking for something different for my daughter to sit in and keep her entertained as she was getting older and more interested in things around her.
It was very easy to assemble with my husband doing it within ten minutes. The blue base is a springboard which can be lowered so it grows with your child. There is a blue elephant which is a great teether. It can be detached from the unit so we have been storing it in the fridge so it's nice and cool on the gums. My daughter loves this and goes for this first everytime. The lion with the mirror attached is also great. My daughter loves looking at herself in it, but we find we have to tilt it for her as it doesn't quite twist low enough for her height and can't quite see herself. The giraffe is great with the three moveable balls. My daughter loves this as they make a good noise as they fall back down when she lifts them. The flower doesn't twist easily and when you turn it makes a horrible clicky noise. At the moment, now at 6 months my daughter is unable to turn the flower herself. The piano part is of, a few more keys would be nice and the lights on them aren't that bright to catch baby's attention. It plays nice tunes though. Finally we have the leaf on a stem, and this is where my problem lies. The stem is very flexible and bendy. My daughter can bend it enough to get it in her mouth, which is lovely as a teether, but she then goes on to put too much of it in her mouth and begins to choke on it as it touches the back of her throat. She has done this on a number of occasions so I now find myself turning the 360 degree seat away from it so it's out of her grasp.
Overall I would say this is an "average" product. I think the suitable age is a little low and perhaps shouldn't be recommended until the child can sit upright unaided. My daughter can not yet sit up and finds herself leaning forward and chewing on the ridge of the seat. With the blue base on the highest setting, her feet still do not quite reach it so she is unable to turn herself round in the seat. So although the product says 4 months + I would say it's more suitable for 6 months +. My daughter gets fed up quite easily in it as she gets frustrated that she keeps falling forward, and can't reach all the toys herself.
The picture in the catalogue, and the description made the product sound great, but overall I was a little disappointed and don't feel it is worth £60.